OT: Red Wings win Central Division
isn't working but I have a pretty good idea of what you're going for.
Edit: nope. I'll get on finding one that will work.
If I make it down to Gainsville I'll just borrow one of Charlie Weis' from when he lived in the cold.
obviously i'm a fan, but that goal was sick.
They were playing really well during the 3rd period, which was nice to see.
They always turn it on right before the playoffs. Their game always gets to another level, so when they're having a good year even before that, you know it might be a Cup year.
Still are not playing well enough for a long playoff run. Need to step it up.
WINGS NOT GOOT ENOUF FOR ME!
They have one of the most talented teams in the NHL and history would say that they always perform better in the playoffs than in the regular season.
I think the Wings have been knocked out in the first round something like once in the past decade.
Now you've jinxed them.
Chicago is a shell of last years team; assuming they stay in the seven spot I wouldn't be worried.
I'll make a Tiger Woods/ Elliot Spitzer public apology if that's not the case.
SJ could still beat us for the 2 seed.
I AM HOCKEY ANGAR.
THEY NEED TO GET BIGGER ON THE BLUE LINE UNACCEPTABLE
Get the fuck off my thread.
If you vote for me for Poster of the Year I'll vote for you for Douche of the Year.
Be careful, BlueDragon, he might "pee in your butt" if you're making fun of him.
Now do we fight for the 2 seed and play Vancouver (assuming we get past our 1st round opponent) in the second round or settle for the 3 seed? The Canucks are a scary team...
They are. The Wings are 2-0-1 against them this year though. I would like Detroit's chances in 6-7 games against the Canucks.
I don't like the Canucks' goalie. He seems like a sieve to me.
UGLY GOALIE !!
Their backup is a ginger I believe.
I don't think you know what sieve means if you are calling Luongo a sieve...
I don't think your sarcasm meter is working.
I think you play the best that you can, and whatever results you get, you get. I for one would much rather play Nashville in the 1st round than Chicago/Anaheim. I know we have played pretty poorly against Nashville, but those teams have game changers that can be scary come playoff time. Nashville, not so much. #CANTWAIT
But wouldnt the 2 seed mean we don't play Vancouver until the Western Conference finals? Doesn't the 1 play the 4 and the 2 play the 3 usually?
I think the NHL has reseeded in the recent past. I could be an idiot but that does seem right.
Edit: Found. NHL reseeds.
But theres no way a reseed puts a 2 against a 1 in the 2nd round. The 1 will always play a 4 or worse in the 2nd round.
So, I'm not exactly sure what you mean. The Wings are now playing for guaranteeing home ice through at least 2 rounds if they get the 2 seed.
Yay, amazing playoff streak!
Boo, bad waving off goals.
Again the Wings had a goal waved off when it shouldn't have been, and Homer wasn't even involved, but rather Abdelkader, who got pushed into the net, and looked to have gotten out of the way. But the goalie flopped, and a ref bought it.
It didn't matter for this game, but Babcock called the ref over to give him what for about the call. Wonder if it'll make a difference come playoff time (though I kinda doubt it).
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Let's go Red Vings!
As it is every year with the Wings. The talent is there and some years there are injuries (Yzerman and his knee etc.) but the Wings will only go all the way if the goaltending is there. The years when they get knocked out are usually where they receive poor play from the netminders. If the Wings would have been blessed with a career HOF instead of the one offs etc. they would have 7-10 cups easy.
But who's counting?
In the last 20 yr run.
Your goaltending point is somewhat valid but you also have to look at how the Wings allocate their money by position. They're pretty good about forking over the money for D as a way to minimize the pressure on the goalies.
NHLnumbers.com shows the following stats as % of salary. Of course the numbers are skewed because of longer contracts of important D men, but I think the point still holds.
Season $ (MM) % of Sal. Cap % of SC Rank (of 30)
2010-11 21.833 36.4% 5
2009-10 23.483 39.7% 2
2008-09 23.537 41.0% 3
2007-08 20.668 42.7% 2
Season $ (MM) % of Sal. Cap % of SC Rank (of 30)
2010-11 2.488 4.2% 26
2009-10 2.133 3.6% 28
2008-09 2.167 3.8% 26
2007-08 4.900 10.1% 13
Edit for I'd also like to say it seems like when we get knocked out early, it's by a team with a goalie running insanely hot. I haven't done any research to back that up so I'm just going from memory.
recognize that signing top goalies like Ryan Miller are far too expensive and would not be beneficial toward building a championship team. They are better of allocating more money on defense and forward and have an above average goaltender. Red Wings are doing this philosophy because they don't believe in paying top money on goaltender.
Fuck yea. Even in a really inconsistent season they win the central division! We have it good here in Detroit with hockey people, don't get greedy.
Outside of the Lakers, probably the best organization in North American sports over the past 20 years.
Outside of the Lakers, probably the best organization in North American sports over the past 20 years
As much as we love the Wings, I would NEVER consider them OT. Can't wait to bellow "SOUTH DETROOOIIIIT!!!!" come playoff time.
I don't care if it's 80's, cheezy, overused.
SOUTH DETROIT is one of the best moments in sports arena song history.
I took my stepson to a game last year in November vs the Stars. He was bummed that they didn't do it at the game, and I told him why. Now we have to go during the playoffs so he can experience that.
Don't you dare call "Don't Stop Believin'" cheezy or overused.
"Don't Stop Believin" is cheezy and overused.
Good for them, hopefully they bring a cup back to Hockeytown as well.
Winning a division is nice, but the Red Wings won't make it out of the first round. San Jose, Vancouver, Chicago, Anaheim, and L.A. all look like better teams right now. You have to dominate teams to win with a goaltender as bad as Howard, and the Wings haven't done that. They are getting outplayed more often than not and giving up huge shot totals. Zetterberg is having, by far, his worst year since the lockout. I never thought I would see him below zero on plus/minus, but he is.
datsyuk has been in and out of the line up all season long and that has really contributed to the wings inconsistent play. He is 3 or 4 time selky winner and at the beginning of the year he was looking like a Hart finalist. The wings are a different team with him on the ice and when he gets back for the playoffs there is no way the blackhawks, ducks, or kings will be able to compete with the wings depth. All four lines can score with the emergence of Darren Helm and Patrick Eaves.
The canucks have been really solid but the wings have dominanted the season series. The sharks are very hot but if you think Howard is bad then Niemi is the worst. I see San Jose getting bounced in the first round.
Yeah, they look like better teams RIGHT NOW, but that's because all the teams yo mention have been fighting for their playoff lives the past two months. The Wings did that last year, and they still barely managed to get out of round 1 before losing in 5 to SJ. IN other words, extrapolating success at the end of the season to playoffs doesn't work, because the playoffs are a whole new animal. It's a lot better for ease of mind to see the Wings play better going into the playoffs, and I think the last 2 games have been an honest effort to turn the switch back on.
Howard a bad goalie? What are you smoking? Did you see the saves he made aainst Nashville in the third period!
Zetterburg having an off year? He's been struggling lately only because he was the whole team for awhile while everyone was injured, and please tell me how having 24G, 56A, and 80P, good enough for 11th in the league in terms of points, qualifies as an "off year".
Plus Minus is a stupid stat. It is hockey's equivalent to TOP in football, and it really only means something significant if a player is very strongly positive or negative. Lidstrom is a minus right now, but I dare you to say that means he's been borderline bad this year. I dare you.
Wings can take Canucks. Luongo will choke again, par for the course. The dropoff in pure hockey talent from their first to second line is steep. Also don't think their d can handle the bigger RW forwards.
Though that Sedin line is lethal, Zetterberg and Datsyuk (if healthy) are a dream defensive choice to play against them.
Here's hoping that Det meets the Habs in the final! Alright, whatever, I can dream...