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Post Icon Posted: Jan 16th, 2014 at 08:39 pm

Howard doesn't get the bounce and Lundquist gets the bounce and the puck stays just short of the goal line.
Game of inches.

Bad news...wings lose
Good news....if Howard plays like that the rest of the year and the team gets healthy, they make the playoffs and are a team that can take out anyone in the East.
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Post Icon Posted: Jan 16th, 2014 at 08:39 pm

Back to back zippo up on the board....we fall further out of the playoff picture.

Howard looks good agiain.good effort but we have to score some goals.
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Post Icon Posted: Jan 16th, 2014 at 08:47 pm

No goals in two games makes it hard to root for this team. What's even harder is to think that we're going to make the playoffs. The odds are against us. What the fudge is the deal with all these injuries. Obviously I get more news here on the Lightning but they have had a lot of injuries too and yet are tied for the division lead. The difference is what? Goaltending for one as Bishop has been good. Certainly better than Howard but they are getting good performances from their backups and yet the Wings get shut out two games in a row. Man, I hate losing.
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Post Icon Posted: Jan 17th, 2014 at 07:18 am

Howard had a great game. He was bouncing around in the first two periods like i have rarely seen him. Lost a bit of that poise in the third as he look a bit tire and got lucky at time. He didnt look good on the winning goal, even though Lashoff touch the puck.

On the other side Lungvist was perfect...and lucky too.

One last tought..on the shot that hit the goal post and bounce right back to Lungvist, Bert was around and instead of staying in front and fight for the loose puck he skated around the back of the net.

I sadly have to admit that Bert is pathetic this season, and its getting worst as the season progress. Bad passes after bad passes bad decision, no strenght in front of the net, no more poise, no reflex to catch a loose puck.

Totally useless i think Bert is done.
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Post Icon Posted: Jan 17th, 2014 at 07:44 am

I think bert sticks around because and only because Sheahan Jurco and ferraro not ready yet. And glendening has waivers protection. Not sure the math on how many more pro games for ferraro to be forced into a look or to let him go.

But hey: sorry way to lose such a well played game. But that shows how much they absolutely need Tatar.

With nyquist this cold BTW, maybe babs needs to depressure him and stick him back with his old pals andersson and Tatar.
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Post Icon Posted: Jan 17th, 2014 at 08:19 am

It still seems unlikely that this team is going to make it this season. It seems like it has been a challenge to score goals for the last several seasons though it might be just my imagination. I know that our power play has sucked for the last couple years. I guess I'll check the stats and see where we stand. But if you don't score goals you certainly can't win.

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Post Icon Posted: Jan 17th, 2014 at 08:22 am

We dropped down to #11 with some teams jumping us last night

http://espn.go.com/nhl/standings/_/group/2

Sad as we played solid with a piece meal lineup the last couple of games but have nothing to show for it.

Our saving grace is the east is weak + parity. A single run of like 6-3-1 in the last 10 you can leap-frog a few teams. It is going to be tough but if we can get some bodies back and keep them back we can get a run going...something we haven't had in a while. We are in serious jeopardy of losing our playoff streak...50-50 odds are not too comforting Smiley
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Post Icon Posted: Jan 17th, 2014 at 09:35 am

Another good effort, but no luck. It will tough to make the playoffs even if we healthy (next 3 games at home could be 3 losses easily), but I have no problem with the effort last night. Most of the guys are playing couple of lines higher then they should (Nyquist for example). Z is smart enough to look effective, but the way he is skating tells me his back is not right. If we do not make the playoffs, we will remember those losses to Florida, Islanders and other bottom feeders when we had full roster.
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Post Icon Posted: Jan 17th, 2014 at 09:44 am

Given that the Wings and the Rangers are two of the weaker teams on offense in the League - - Howard's performance in last night's game may be overrated.

With the schedule between now and the Olympics, and his performance in those upcoming games will be more telling of the fact that he is truly back on his game.

As for the rest of the squad, a lot of rust needs to be shaken-off by the returning players, and the puck needs to be hitting the back of the opponents net at a much more frequent rate!

One or two goals per game will only guarantee early tee-times in April! Smiley Smiley

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Post Icon Posted: Jan 17th, 2014 at 10:10 am

to talk about making the playoffs or not at this moment is a little premature.

There is still plenty of hockey to be played. At least right now we are playing with some sense of urgency. Eventually good things will happen.
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Post Icon Posted: Jan 17th, 2014 at 10:44 am

Good news is we only gave up 3 goals in our last 3 games. Bad news is we only got 2 points Smiley . When was the last time the Wings lost back to back 1-0 games?
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Jan 17th, 2014 at 10:44 am, kwilson2008 wrote:
Good news is we only gave up 3 goals in our last 3 games. Bad news is we only got 2 points Smiley . When was the last time the Wings lost back to back 1-0 games?


1954?

Not real sure if any of their impact players were missing either. Smiley
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Post Icon Posted: Jan 17th, 2014 at 11:06 am

Wings missing from last night......just saying.

Helm -best 3rd centre in the NHL
Dats - TSN - top 5 player in the world
Franzen - still has best shot on the team (along with Alfie)and he has been playing better lately
Weiss - surely this guy will contribute something
Ericsson - top 4 d-man on the club
Tatar - up and coming star, adds real scoring depth to team
Alfredson - can still shoot; just a quality veteran
Gustav - solid backup
Anderson - not as big of impact this year and could be replaced but has size and playoff experience.

What other team has anything close to these type of injury problems.


That's still about 1/2 of the team's staters out of the lineup.
If everyone is back then Nyquist is on the 3rd line, Cleary would be on the 4th and Sammy wouldn't be playing.
If this team can't get healthy then the streak is in jeopardy. Will the Olympic break be the turning point health wise for this team?

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Post Icon Posted: Jan 17th, 2014 at 01:36 pm

If the Wings can't win at least half of the games left before the break, the playoffs will be almost impossible to make. A lot will depend on how many of the unhealthy guys get back and how effective they will be after long lay-offs.

Every year lately this team has been decimated with injuries and the whole organization seems to be snake-bitten in losing good players or prospects permanently…... for a multitude of reasons.

Lately though it has become an epidemic. I know Babs says it is not helpful to worry about it but the reality is that this team is trying to play Red Wings hockey with largely a minor league roster. It was starting to come together before all these guys went down again but we seem to be back to square one.

The only bright spot is that the D seems to be getting better, despite the shots against. That is a worrisome stat that tells me this puck possession team is no longer that. Right now, they have no real identity and no game breaker.

It is also obvious that Quincey and Smith are not a "marriage made in heaven" and I hope their divorce is permanent. Both play better with other partners.
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