7:30 EST on NBCSports (or versus for those of us who just can't give up the ghost.)
A solid showing tonight will help us all feel a little better about that thing that happened Saturday night.
Which team will win more games this season, the Wings or the Pistons?
The Pistons will screw around and win 30-35 games this year. The Red Wings are probably going to be a few games over .500, somewhere around 22-25 wins.
Given the sheer volume of lousy teams in the NBA, and there being more parity in general in the NHL, plus the shortened hockey season, plus the Wings are missing Lidstrom, Stuart, Kindl, Holmstrom, Helm, Hudler, and Bertuzzi from last year, I'm going with the Pistons winning more games.
I think you are overstating what the wings are missing... Kindl is day-to-day with a sore groin. Helm is day-to-day with a sore back (no damage shown on MRI last week). Bertuzzi's mono could prove an issue but that all depends on how long he may/may not be out. Hudlers was replaced by Samuelsson (pretty even statisticaly).
That being said I agree with your intial comment about lousy NBA teams being the reason the Pistons win more games. I see the wings winning something between 26-29 games and being the 6th-7th seed.
Bert's mono test came back negative and he is playing tonight on the third line. We also have Eaves back tonight for the first time in two seasons from concussion issues.
My outdoor hockey game tonight got cancelled due to a wind chill advisory of between -15 and -25 degrees. Bunch of wimps over here in Chicago, apparently!
Anyway, at least I can watch the whole game tonight. Go Wings!
This is this worst wings team in 20 years.
In their defense, that's not a hard feat to accomplish. Tonight we may find out just how bad this team is though.
good thing we've made the playoffs the last 21! #SoYoureSayingIHaveAChance
One game. At least give them a week. Not saying you are wrong but I will withhold conclusion for at least a week or so.
Pistons beat the Celtics last night! But as pointed out, this will mainly just hurt our draft positioning.
we flat out failed to skate on Saturday. we didn't have our legs under us, and we didn't put in that extra effort. its the same as last year.
honestly, as much as losing nick and stevie y has and will hurt this franchise, the most underrated retirement was losing drapes. dude was the wings best defensive center in his prime. he could win faceoffs and was the grittiest mofo ever. he would skate hard, win battles in the corners, finish every check, and do all of this against the opponents top line. and because this old dude was playing his ass off, all the kids followed his example.
helmer is the heir apparent, but the dude needs to stay healthy.
but its sad, cuz i just dont see the same effort out of abdelkader, mursak, emmerton, etc.
also, this team needs more gustav nyquist.
This team is a mess. Time to blow it up and rebuild for the future.
Money wasn't an issue. On top of Lidstroms and Holmstroms contracts ending we freed up $16 mil from Hudler leaving. We picked up 4 FAs with that same $16 mil, plus almost $30 mil in new contracts. We had plenty of cap room and prospects to trade for Nash last year. At least the majority of our contracts are 2 and 3 year deals so they have some flexibility in the future.
This team is not 6-0 bad.
Columbus vs. Detroit. Let's do this.
what are you drinking thread. whisky and diet for me.
Maybe a loss tonight will force them to bring up Goose and Tater-Tot. I can dream right?
Anyone have a stream?
first row. always first row.
I tried firstrow. I'm in England, which is probably why they aren't working. Oh well.
Oh good Gotham. Murph got him some new glasses... yeesh.
Was he blind or drunk when he picked those out? Good grief...
Not a very impressive fight.
What's the beef between Boll and Tootoo?
Soooo that's why we signed him?
This PP looks like shite.
We're doing our best Flint Generals impersonation.
Have we Wings fans been spoiled or what? Not pretty.
this PP didn't look too bad. Lots of chances.
Acceptable movement and maintenance of possession that time around.
i'll take 3 posts in a pp over 2 shots in a period (ala the first prd vs stl)
much better. one thing i noticed on previous pps was that our break out of our zone and into the opposing zone was piss poor. on this last pp, we were able to get the puck in the zone, possess it, and give our playmakers a chance to work their magic.
thats the curse of a puck possession team like the wings - when they don't have the puck, or even proper control of the puck, they can be abysmally bad.
Eaves back in the line up!
This Brunner kid looks real good.
Just weird not seeing number 5 out there.
I never thought I'd reach a point in my life when I would actually like Jordin Tootoo.
And I still don't.
I just hope that damn train whistle doesn't show up at The Joe. I hate that fucking thing, which is why I always hated Tootoo.
I've never actually rooted for a player from my own team to get his ass beat until tonight. I fucking loathe Jordin Tootoo.
I hate to say it but I think he's growing on me... until he starts getting really dumb penalties all the time.
Which will happen.
Ummm let's do something with this PP please?
Or just get a penalty.
PP #3 after the BJs tried to tackle Howard.
tough sequence for brunner. wish we'd had some more training camp to get him up to speed.
End of 1st tied at 0.
Now score some goals, Wings.
Should've swung a deal and gotten rid of a couple forwards. Didn't see the point of picking up Sammy and Tootoo when it just created a glut of forwards, most of whom are mediocre