Detroit 3, Vaunt 0
I'm embroiled in an essay, so I only heard the pain, but you know that when half of all the official AP photos of a game are of a guy lying crumpled on the ice/being carted off on a stretcher, it probably wasn't your best game of the year.
Can't comment on the hit, though it seems to getting to be Torres' speciality: interweb, what were your thoughts? From the description, it seems legal-but-dangerous, but these sorts of things always seem to draw debate anyway, and the fact MacT evidently sat Torres for the rest of the second and part of the thirdmight speak to some perceived impropriety (or he didn't want someone jumping Torres). I imagine it will be tame unless a few of the Wings fans we seemed to draw last spring have decided to come back and weigh in.
Since I can't analyze, I will only ask questions:
-Marty Reasoner and Daniel Tjärnqvist were scratches. Anyone know why? By most accounts, Reasoner had a pretty good game against MTL (including a nice assist), and Tjärnqvist was our TOI leader before we decided to play Hejda (who seems to be doing okay, it just seems odd to sit the guy you seem to have the most faith in to bring in your plugger). I haven't heard of injuries to either: thoughts?
-Maybe this is moot, but will MacT ever just let the lines accustomize to each other? I haven't checked thoroughly, but it seems to me as Hemsky and Sykora are the only two who have played on the same line the whole year. Not that you should stay on a sinking ship, but he seems to be juggling like a street performer with ADD, sometimes seemingly unnecessarily (for instance, I thought the line combos in the ANA and PHX games did well together, lopsided scores nothwithstanding).
-With zero shots in the first, offence is obviously a problem. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that, since Detroit had 14 of them in that same stretch, and 45 total, the problem was that we couldn't get out of the defensive zone, but regardless: what fixes this offence? Is it simply a matter of too many streaky players (Horc, Torres, Pisani, Stoll, Lupul) slumping together? Or is their a systemic/personnel problem (ie we need more muckers, or more set-up men, or something)? (Just as aside, I don't think this is panic-mode talk, given that our O wasn't so hot when we were winning, either)
-Sheer advance speculation: think Fernando's $2.5mil/year four-year contract has earned him a spot with Dan McGillis, Petr Nedved, Darius Kasparitis and other NHL-talented-but-too-expensive players picking up millions in the AHL down the road? You can't dislike the guy, but in all honesty, he's not terribly off his career point pace with two goals in 14 games, playoffs notwithstanding, and as important defensive responsibility is, seems like MA Pouliot might be able to do what he's doing for 1/5th the price. It probably won't happen this year, of course, but with the Oilers likely to have some cap issues, performance vs cost is going to factor in sometime, no?
-Speaking of which, Nedved got called back up, and is now at half the price. Free player who played really well here, only half the cap hit. Yes/no?
-Can we fire Craig Simpson? Not that I think will help anything, per se, just that I think we should bring this up as much as possible, since papers are now apparently paying attention to what happens on blogs.
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Detroit 3, Vaunt 0
Posted by DMFB at 9:42 PM