No possession, terrible transition game… Wings need a talented defenseman or two badly.
From a GM, "Detroit is the best team we've played this year. It's not even close. Their puck control is incredible...You have to hope your goalie has a great night to give you a chance."
Bertuzzi has got a burr under his saddle, liked that run he took at Suter as time expired.
Cleary could not possibly suck any worse.
There is no valid reason Emmerton should be in this game over Eaves. Eaves should be with Helm on the 3rd, Abdelkader centers the 4th. Eaves has better speed, will use his body and can kill penalties. Emmerton can't do any of that or anything else.
Datsyuk is starting to get his game going.
If I see Franzen or Flip do another curl away/stick swing at a player with the puck rather than at least bumping into to the guy I'm going to lose my ****.
Detroit offense looks worse then the defense atm. Theres just not much talent on the Wings anymore.
There's plenty of talent, coach em up. I think its going to take a while to gain some cohesiveness and for guys to hit their grooves, but right now they don't look like they have it together.
and yes, theres plenty of weaknesses too, but they shouldnt be this bad. It's up to babcock to get what he can out of this team.
Datsyuk isn't in robot mode yet, Z has been strong, Franzen is playing with aggressiveness. Would like to see Filp get it going more. Brunner has potential and Helm is an elite PK-man. Kronwall looks unsure of himself, but I have confidence that he can find his game and just be himself. I do like Ian White. Bert isn't anything sexy, but he's strong on the puck and accounts for wins via the SO.
Cleary has gotta go, his legs cant handle it anymore. Quincey is trash. Sammy hasn't bothered me so far, but he's a stopgap player for us. Abdelkader, solid. I used to hate emerton, but I've liked what I've seen from him this year. And of course Howard can make the saves that we need.
The PP is too timid. They literally passed it in a square about twice during the 5 on 3 and nobody took charge of it. Brunner, Franzen, Filp, Dats, Z across 2 PP units should put up goals. That's on Babcock to get through to them, the talent is there.