Game 5 - Predators @ Red Wings - 4/18
Posted April 17, 2008 - 01:22 PM
There could also be more changes to the lineup, with the decisions coming tomorrow.
Posted April 17, 2008 - 02:10 PM
Posted April 17, 2008 - 06:07 PM
As for other changes I think that should take place...
MEECH in for STUART
ABDELKADER in for HARTIGAN or MCCARTY (hate to say it)
Move FILPULLA to FOURTH LINE as Center
I really think we need fresh legs, some of the guys in the lineup "hit the wall" after rejoining the lineup. NEED TO ADD SPEED ON DEFENSE!!! Oh and need to run 4 lines, not 3 lines.
I begin to realize how much we miss Kopecky as a fourth line grinder.
Posted April 17, 2008 - 08:48 PM
Posted April 18, 2008 - 11:36 AM
"Really excited and nervous at the same time,'' Helm said. "There's a lot of young guys up, being one of the first guys to jump in definitely means a lot to me, gives me some confidence that they believe in me.''
Mike Babcock had previously said he had no worries about playing Helm or Justin Abdelkader in playoff games, as they've been in high-pressure situations before (Helm in the World Junior Championships and Memorial Cup, Abdelkader in the Frozen Four).
I would have gone with Abdelkader but Helm's not a bad move either.
Posted April 18, 2008 - 12:18 PM
Posted April 18, 2008 - 12:37 PM
Posted April 18, 2008 - 01:21 PM
And I think that's why he's in instead of Abdelkader. It's not more grit that the Wings need (though it probably wouldn't hurt), it's speed. It's not that Abs is slow, it's that Helm is faster. Wonder how their faceoff prowess matches up.
Posted April 18, 2008 - 02:02 PM
Is it only on Versus, or is it on FSN, also? D:
&& yes, Hartigan really needed to go =/
Posted April 18, 2008 - 02:40 PM
It's not a question whether or not which goalie is better than the other. This decision is purely to try and force a momentum swing. The predators have all the confidence in the world right now, and they think they've found a way to consistently beat Hasek. With Osgood in net they will need to find new methods to score, and I dont think Osgood will get continually beat from outside shots as much as Hasek has. I believe this to be an excellent switch, and the Wizard will rise to the occasion. Osgood's change from Standup to the Hybrid style has allowed him to cover more of the net while not compromising speed and agility. He was prone to getting beat from far out on his old style, but his new adaptation has seemigly paid some great dividends. Look or Osgood to come out strong and only get beat by quality scoring chances. I personally dont invision Osgood pulling a Patrick Roy in Game 7 of the 2002 finals, so there should be no worries with this move.
The substitution of Darren Helm in for Mark Hartigan is also a good move. Although we are losing grit, we are tremendously gaining speed, which was stated by somebody before me. The Red Wings have much more speed than the Predators, and it's about time we use it to our advantage. Overall, the biggest thing Detroit needs to improve on is face-off percentage. If we can once again dominate the face-off circle, then we will be home free.
Posted April 18, 2008 - 04:15 PM
Agreed about faceoffs. Draper keeps getting his ass kicked by Arnott (who Ken and Mickey won't stop reminding us is one of the guys Draper hates going up against).
Posted April 18, 2008 - 05:18 PM
Posted April 18, 2008 - 06:40 PM
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