Fresh ice

Kyle in the comments:

The Wings really need to get healthy fast. We won’t win playing 4 d-men (Rafalski, Stuart, Kronwall, Lebda). Chelios and Meech aren’t going to cut it. I think we can win without Datsyuk, but it is obviously a lot tougher. Either way its time for D, Z, and Hossa to take over and be our best players. I’d rather not rely on our 3rd and 4th line players to score are goals and overtime winners. If we are healthy, Wings in 5. If we aren’t then 7 game toss up.

That seems a little over optimistic to me.

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13 Responses to “Fresh ice”

  1. indeedindeed Says:

    I think the healthy Wings are still better, but even without Hossa the Penguins are playing great hockey. I say Wings in seven with Lidstrom, I don’t want to hazard a guess regarding a series without him.

  2. zachary Says:

    i think thats pretty accurate actaully. pitt hasnt played a physical team like us. malkin and crosby wont be able to skae around with t he puck. we need dats on the backcheck. and we need lidstrom.

  3. broseph Says:

    we need datsyuk back, but people like darren helm and filppula have emerged as key players. the wings are too deep, far more than any other team in the nhl. that being said, don’t love chelios play another minute. he had a giveaway last game that was egregious it could have cost us the game. get back here lidstrom. if osgood avoids a meltdown, we’ve got the repeat secured.

    and i’m going to throw something if i hear any more griping from sidney crosby about the referees in this series.

  4. broseph Says:

    don’t love? well yeah, i’m not too keen on the guy playing these days. but i meant let. don’t let.

  5. Kenny Says:

    I think Kyle is overly optimistic too. Everybody is focusing on the fact that this is the same two teams from last year but with Hossa playing for us. That’s a factor and obviously it’s a big plus for us. But Pitt added Bill Guerin and Kunitz, both good forwards.

    Plus for some reason everyone remembers us taking it to them in the first two games. But after that every game was decided by one goal. There is no way Pittsburgh comes out that unprepared to start this series. It is going to be close the entire way.

    The biggest factor is that Pittsburgh’s young players are a year older, and a year hungrier. I am a big believer that in the NHL you have to come close, and see how championship teams prepare and the sacrifices the players are willing to make before you are ready to win the cup. The wings went through that, they got swept in 1995 by the Devils, then lost in the conference finals in 1996. Anaheim lost in the finals in 03 before winning in 06/-07 and were the toughest out the wings have had so far this year. Carolina lost in the finals to us before winning in 05-06. Obviously there are exceptions of teams that make one year runs, but with talented young teams there is a progression. This Pitt team is better than last year’s despite not having Hossa.

    If we are healthy I still think we are more talented and more experienced, and will eventually win the series. But I don’t think it will be over quickly. If we aren’t healthy, then I am not optimistic. The NHL didn’t do us any favors by moving up the start of the series to Saturday and then having a back to back on Sunday.

    Regardless, should be exciting. Go Wings.

  6. zachary Says:

    i dont think kenny has ever said that the wings or any detroit team will win. ever. come on ken bo.

  7. Kyle Says:

    this is what a blogger said on buccigross’ blog:

    “It would actually be quite simple to keep Osgood out of the Hall of Fame, here’s how: he has never been considered one of the elite goalies of his era. That is not greatness. I guess if we use Bucci’s logic then Claude Lemieux is a Hall of Famer, since he is a Cup Winner and has a Conn Smythe. The HOF should be for for greatness, not prolonged periods of being ‘very good”

    If the wings win the stanley cup, he should be named the conn smythe, unless someone on the wings scores 10 goals with 10 assists, something crazy. Osgood has never been considered an “elite” goalie, but he has the most stanley cups out of any active goalie. Being very good for 10+ years is greatness, average goalies are great for 8 years or so…

  8. Kyle Says:

    i ment on average goalies are great for 8 years

  9. Kenny Says:

    Ha, Zach if I remember correctly I told you last week that I thought the wings would handle Chicago easily, which they did. And I said if healthy I think the wings will win, i just don’t think it will be in 5 games.

    Also, sounds like lidstrom is probable for saturday. Pavel and ericcson are questionable. This is pure speculation but I wouldn’t be surprised if Pavel has a broken bone in his foot. It’s listed as as a “foot”, he took a shot to it, and if it was just a bruise I think he would have been back by now.

  10. zachary Says:

    liddy is for sure playing. and ericcson has acute apendicitis. so not sure the recovery time on tht. shanny played with a broke foot. datsyuk can too.

  11. indeedindeed Says:

    we could use lilja too….

  12. indeedindeed Says:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/michael_farber/05/28/cup.shedule/index.html?eref=si_topstories

  13. Meghan Says:

    One of my friends here in Chicago is from Pitt. We’re trying to decide whether or not we can be friends for the next week or two. We’re also trying to decide on a friendly “wager” to make it more interesting, but can’t think of anything fun or more original than having to wear the other team’s shirt.

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