Hank wrote:What, like Edler and Alberts isn't a recipe for disaster?
Gee, how did Cleary get so open for a breakaway?
HAVEN'T YOU HEARD?? RAINBOWS FLY OUT THE WINGS FUCKIN ASS
It does, that game had a bit more to it, now for 2 points to solidify our 3rd, hey maybe even 2nd eh?!Hockey Widow wrote:Ya we clinched a spot but it doesn't feel exciting yet does it?
The new reality in the NHL is that you don't go far in the playoffs without elite level goaltending, so it's encouraging to see that Schneids can absolutely steal games for themMeds wrote:That was an ugly win.
Totally out-shot by Detroit. Schneider wins another one for them.
The only defensive pairing worth noting was Garrison and whoever he was on with.....even he had one pretty bad give away in his own zone. At least he recovered very quickly.
Edler scored a goal, but he was otherwise pretty lousy.....though it was possibly one of his better games manning the point in quite some time.
Offense was anemic. The Sedins should just NOT be out on the PP, they slow it down way too much. The 5-on-3 could have been so much better if they hadn't stalled it a couple of times trying to make the pretty play from the side of the net.
I will say, that despite our abysmally low shot total, the team did generate some pretty good chances tonight. A post, shot wide a few times, but some decent opportunities.
I can't say I'm in love with Daniel's telegraphed slapshots on the rush. WTF is that?
There were some baaaad examples of defensive zone coverage last night. Part of it was due to a desperate team which still has some pretty skilled players, but boy oh boy I'm not overly comfy with how they're playing in their zone lately. Then again, you put Barker out there and you may as well take a couple slugs and accept the fire drill.Uncle dans leg wrote:I didn't think the Canucks played that bad...as some here seem to think, although they definitely didn't play great by any stretch of the imagination. The Wings shots were mostly kept to the outside and the patchwork defense cleared the crease adequately on the rebounds. Not great, just adequate enough to squeak out the win.
Detroit were playing for their lives vs the Canucks were just playing...and it showed in the desperation of the 2 teams. It must be difficult to manufacture desperation when you know you are cool and in the dance. The Canucks took that point off of a Wings team that really needed it and they now more or less need to win out to qualify.
Andrew Alberts has played much better this year than in the past and has really amped up his strength and conditioning if I'm not mistaken. He is definitely needed in the line up against bigger teams and his play of late should land hm some ice time in the post season.
Cam Barker should be watching from above. He's brutal in his own zone.
Edler is an enigma. Great shot, lays out some massive hits when it really matters and can cover alot of ground with his strides. He is prone to inexplicable gaffs however and should definitely be paired with a stay at home type to balance out the risk and reward. That hit on Johan was huge.
Garrison is our most complete defender. Hands down.
Ballard is an asset who deserves to be in this line up as a #6 unless someone better than Barker come along. You can't question his compete level. He battles and will do what it takes to stand up for himself and his team mates.
On to the Blah-cocks now. I know where I'll be Monday at 7!