SpikeDDS Posted January 21, 2014 Share Posted January 21, 2014 In an earlier thread, somebody said that the Red Wings, with all of their injuries, should concede the season, no longer focus on making the playoffs and extending the streak, but instead focus on development of their young players. When Howard came back and played as strongly as he has been, I couldn't say that yet. If he plays well, there was hope. And I suppose if Mrazek can get cocky, there's still a possibility. However, with Jimmy leaving the game with a recurrence of that knee injury, I think it may actually be time to do that now.Losing 4-1 to the Blues with the team we had wasn't really "embarrassing" as much as it was revealing. It showed how deficient we really are with all of our guys out. And it shows how much more growth these young players need. The Blues are a very good hockey team. They played their game to the letter, and scored several "routine" goals for them. No flash. No glitz. Just net presence and shooting it to score.The only goal that either goalie had a chance at was the first one, the wraparound that hit Jimmy and went in off his leg before he could get back into position. On that goal, I didn't really think he needed to get that far out of position, and I think that is what cost him the goal, but otherwise he was quite sharp, and he didn't let that goal get him down. Mrazek also played well. This game could easily have been 6- or 7-1. All in all, I thought our goaltending was very good, despite the score. The Blues did an excellent job of getting in front of our net and screening. Pucks were in the net before Jimmy and Petr knew it.Helm definitely had a positive impact in this game. He created some solid opportunities. Betcha he was tired after that game, because he got some ice time, and it seemed like he was all over it. Good to see. I hope he can stay healthy. I really like his game...when he can play. He was the biggest plus in this game to me.Gus had a nice goal too. Nice to see another PP goal, but our special teams couldn't match up with the Blues'. They made us pay for sitting in the box.Halal had a very good game in goal. We didn't have nearly the shots that the Blues had, but he made some very good saves on a few of our well-placed shots. Howie and Mrazek also had a few of those too, but Halak was sharp, and a 1 on the opposing scoreboard makes it look even betterBut two things stood out: Blues scored 2 goals using screens and another one which bounced off the back of Sheahan's leg as he was battling a Blues player at the side of the net. Compare our net play to that and you can see how we are just not tooled for playoff hockey right now. Second, Babcock called it a lack of effort. Maybe he was right, but I saw a bigger, better hockey club use their strengths and advantages to their potential and control the game from start to finish. When the Blues play their game like they did, even if we play ours with the team we have, we are still going to lose. Babs can't think that way. He's so focused on winning. But the time might have come for him to concede the winning NOW part to work hard on development to be able to win later. Short of Mrazek playing lights-out, it may indeed be time. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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