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04-18-2010, 05:45 PM
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Grades through three games

Grades after three games
Datsyuk B – Playing pretty awesome hockey at times, but it’s not turning into goals. His wingers have sucked, but oh well. A little loose with the puck in his own end.
Zetterberg A- -- Offense has been pretty good. Defense has not been great at times.
Filppula A – No player has “stepped up” more. Still, he tends to get weak on the boards and work in his own end isn’t always top notch.
Bertuzzi B – Good production. Too many giveaways or botched chances. But he makes room out there for his linemates and gives the Wings some strength in a tough series.
Holmstrom D – Fluke goal. Nothing more.
Franzen D – One goal. Otherwise he’s been a liability.
Cleary C -- Work ethic is top notch. But lacks the speed he once had and that hurts.
Helm D – Doesn’t have that electrifying speed and isn’t delivering the hits like we’ve seen in past years.
Miller C – Really quiet series.
Eaves C – Can’t fight his way to the net.
Draper C – Seems unable, physical, to meet the demands of the series. Spending a lot of time on the ice.
Abdelkader B – Abdelkader had a huge goal and has been a force, physically. But he loses his defensive assignments and he took a bad penalty.
Williams D – Benched.
Lidstrom C – Great work keeping pucks in, but he’s been beat too often in his own end.
Rafalski C- -- This might not be the series for a smooth skating defenseman. Bad pinches. Bad coverage. Weak on the boards.
Kronwall C – Giveaways, poor communication with Howard. Hasn’t looked himself with hitting or jumping into the rush.
Stuart B+ -- Solid all around work.
Ericsson B- -- Gets beat too often one on one, but has kept the puck out of the net for the most part.
Lilja B- -- Saved a couple goals. Made some Lilja-esque gaffes. But has been solid on the PK.
Howard C – Hasn’t been bad. Hasn’t lost a game for the Wings. But he hasn’t won anything for them either.
Babcock D – Doesn’t seem to be making any adjustments to the Coyotes’ attack.

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For the most part I agree.

Cleary - B - he's saved 3 goals all by himself this series.
Rafalski - D - hail mary passes, at least 10 turnovers 3rd game alone, covers the wrong guy, pinches in at wrong time, etc.

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04-19-2010, 06:41 AM
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Datsyuk C-
Lidstrom C-
Howard C-

Those 3 are the reason we are donw 2-1 in the series.

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04-19-2010, 08:32 AM
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Lidstrom has made some rookie mistakes this series, ouch. Needs to lift big time.

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04-19-2010, 09:02 AM
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Datsyuk B-
Zetterberg A
Filppula A-
Bertuzzi C-
Holmstrom C-
Franzen C-
Cleary C+
Helm C-
Miller C
Eaves C
Draper D+
Abdelkader B
Williams DNF
Lidstrom C-
Rafalski D+ (bro needs to step it up)
Kronwall D+
Stuart ?
Ericsson ?
Lilja ?
Howard C
Babcock ?

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04-19-2010, 11:32 AM
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Datsyuk C - All that matters right now is results and 2 points through 3 games when the team needs someone else to step up isn't acceptable.

Zetterberg B - Leading the Wings in the playoffs as per usual, but still making some weird mistakes.

Filppula A- - Doing everything anyone could really ask, could step it up defensively.

Bertuzzi B - Doing what he does and most times it isn't very much.

Holmstrom C - Needs to cause more havoc.

Franzen C - More please.

Cleary B - Playing OK but need more fire.

Helm, Miller and Eaves need to bring more energy.

Howard D+ - Based on the regular season he should be making many more saves.

As for the defense and the rest, right now it's just not good enough. Tighten up, make smarter plays and get it done.

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04-19-2010, 03:32 PM
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1st line: D
2nd line: A
3rd line: D
4th line: D

All D lines: S but not for satisfactory. S for Suck.

Howard: R for rookie goaltender. Not putting blame on him except for that short side goal that gave Yotes' momentum again after we put ourselves within one.

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Lidström played strange at times. Not Lidströmesque by any stretch. Most glaring thing was that 2-on-1 goal in game 1. He did not cover his man and overplayed the situation. Howard challanged the shooter, came out long way - which was a good move, having the best defender on planet earth for the last 2 decades on the backcheck. But Lids didn't cover his man and Howie was beat out of position on the passing play.
I cannot remember seing a mistake of that sort from Nick *ever* before.

That is also not a question of age biting him. It was no lack of speed or anything. That is what puzzles me. I have no explanation...

Anyway I think especially the first line has to elevate their games. Franzen, Homer and Dats must become more effective. The need to support Z and Flip on the scoresheet. If they do we are fine. If not... well.... that will become a very, very tough series.

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