Archive for October, 2009

…the Red Wings

Posted in Detroit Red Wings with tags , , on October 30, 2009 by davepoleck

The Red Wings have had me all confused this year. At some moments, they look similar to the team that has went to two straight Stanley Cup Finals (should have won last year); at other times, they look absolutely horrible. Their issue so far has been stretches within games where they just do not even seem to pay attention or WANT to win. I still cannot figure out whether this is just a team that is suffering from the ‘Stanley Cup Hangover’, or if they are just past their prime.

Last night for example, they played a horrible first half of the game and were down 5-1 before the halfway point. Then it just seemed like the lights came on; they were hustling, hitting, shooting and scoring. They outshot the Oilers 20-6 in the 3rd period and were able to tie the game at 5. Although they lost the game in a shootout, it seems like they might finally need these ‘3 point games’ to get in the Playoffs.

I still think that their record is a little bit misleading. Although they are 4-4-3 now, the only game they have been completely outplayed was a 6-2 loss to Buffalo a few weeks ago. They have held the lead in 5 of their other 6 losses (the one where they did not was last night’s comeback from 5-1) and on 3 occasions, their lead was 2 goals. Thankfully, I consider myself an optimist, so when I look at that I think that they just need to improve their defensive play and all should be fine. It is a little worrisome that last season, they did not lose their fourth game in regulation until November 29 (this year was October 24).

And now Valtteri Filppula is out for 6-8 weeks with a broken wrist….

Goals Lost From Last Year’s Lineup Count: 128

Needless to say, this is a very very different Detroit team and the Central Division/Western Conference/NHL should be licking their lips with the opportunity to finally dethrown the most successful franchise of the past 20 years in sports.

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WTF Colorado….

Posted in Colorado Avalanche with tags , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2009 by davepoleck

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Well, this one comes a little unexpected. Nearing a month into the NHL season, the Colorado Avalanche sit atop the standings with a 10-1-2 record, good for 22 points.

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Shooter!

Posted in Detroit Red Wings with tags , , , , on October 29, 2009 by davepoleck

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Here is what Red Wings centre Pavel Datsyuk said yesterday after practise:

I’m a shooter now, shooter,” Datsyuk said. “I’m happy to shoot. I need more shoot. I’m looking forward to shoot. Sometimes I shoot, sometimes I forget I need to shoot — maybe I make it tattoo.

That may be the best quote ever.

The Trends Continue

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by davepoleck

Here are a list of things that I would have bet would be true by this point of the NHL season: Continue reading

Advantage Brodeur?

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by davepoleck

With the eyes of Team Canada’s decision makers all over Roberto Luongo on Tuesday night, he dropped the ball. The Vancouver Canucks hosted the struggling Detroit Red Wings last night, which gave Luongo a chance to showcase his skill to Team Canada’s executive director, Steve Yzerman, and head coach, Mike Babcock.

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What I Won’t Do

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , on October 27, 2009 by davepoleck

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I vow to do my best not to talk about any of the stories that every major media outlet around here shove down our throats. That means: No head shots, no Hamilton Coyotes, no Mats Sundin retiring, and no to any other run down, over analyzed story.

My Stanley Cup Pick

Posted in Philadelphia Flyers, Predictions with tags , , , , , on October 27, 2009 by davepoleck

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No, I am not picking the 1975 Flyers to win the Cup. But I do believe this year edition has enough power to finally make it back to the Finals. I am a little uncertain on Ray Emery right now, but this is who I chose 9 games ago, so it is who I will stick with for now. They’re skilled, young, fast and tough. Sorry Pittsburgh.