This team has the firepower and the willpower to overcome their slight deficit in the standings at the moment.
But do you think we need to make any changes? I wouldn't mind seeing one or two.
Hit the jump for my ideas.
Right away, I think you put in Conner for Emmerton. I've never thought much of Emmerton and Conner can proved a little more grit than #48. I doubt it will happen, but I think it's a move you have to make.
Second, I'd like to see Smith for Quincey. Again, this isn't likely, but I think whatever Quincey adds offensively, Smith adds more. Plus Smith is fiestier and gritter. And it's not like Quincey is a dominate force defensively, I'd actually say he's the worst of the six.
Other than that, I think you need to think about reuniting the Zetterberg Datsyuk connection. Put Franzen on a line with Fil and Bert and throw Nyquist with Dats and Z.
Simply put, I think we need to make a few changes, not huge ones, but ones enough to keep 'em guessing.
I agree with everything you said. I'd even put kindl in place of quincy. Conner over emmerton would be a great move too. Unfortunately our coach doesn't see this idk how. And if we lose tonight I hope he gets fired to be honest. Cause most coaches would know to do what were saying if they were in this position !! LGRW
Conner to make up for Helm, yes. Smith in because he's smart with the puck in own zone and plays like an extra forward, yes. More Goose???!! YES!!!
Put Boy Wonder in for sure!!!! Definitely move Goose up with Pavs. I'd say yes to The Rifleman in for Emmers too. Conner may be little, but he's pretty fast. I bet he'd give some of those Turds fits.
Jebus, but I miss Helm & Eaves. *sigh*
Also? I know other people have already been saying it, but I feel it needs to be repeated: QUIT TALKING ABOUT HOW THIS MIGHT BE TPH'S LAST GAME!!!! I refuse to think like that & hearing it being said all over the place is making me extremely fucking sad.
GO WINGS!! KEEP THIS SERIES GOING!!!!
Conner would be nice as Smith would be. Breaking Rinne is more important and we need Howard to step it up a little more... he needs to be Ozzy playoff mode like and just go into Murder mode and murder the pucks fired at him. We need our "soft" players show that they are monsters and smash everything in sight.
I have been listening to Celph Titled so I can be ready to look for the wings to hit Nashville with bricks in the face the entire game..... hit everything in sight. If I hear a Tootoo whistle I will want to launch a cannon into that person's head.
Not sure about Conner, just because the nash D are pretty big. Quincey out for Smith definitely, I've wanted him in the lineup since preseason.
This is the situation where I wish we still had Madano as an option but we don't so what should we do? We should bring in some fresh blood and new life. Namely it should be the Smith option over the Conner option, I haven't been very impressed with Quincey (again wish Commie was here because he would put his entire life into this game but hey we don't have his so we will work with what we've got).
Next as was also suggested, a line change is in order.I think it's time for the Flying Circus to really energize the lines for score. Nyquist should be second line with Fil so they can bounce slick passes to each other for an Red Wave of goals.
They should win, I shaved my beard and that always works as an emergency fix.
I'd like to see Conner "The Conquerer" in place of Emmy, I just think Emmer is too....eh. That's all. Eh. Not good, not bad. Eh. Conner has speed on his side, he could crash the net in a very Helm-tastic way that, I think, would allow for my quality scoring opportunities. But that's just me.
Does anyone know the line combinations for tonight? Are they the same as last game? If so, fuck that, I won't be watching that train wreck.
I'm not sure I would put Conner in for Emmerton. Love Conner's speed and grit, but Emmerton has a clutch goal in the series and has had a few close chances. If we're really getting wild here, Smith for Stuart? I'm not sure if the family situation/not playing for the Wings next year thing is weighing heavy on him, but this series has been abysmal for him. I think I read a stat that he's been on the ice for 5 of Nashville's goals? For as good as he played in the regular season, we just can't have that. Goose, Dats, and Z on the same line, count me in! Franzen with Hudler and Fil might be good, as Fil and Hudler are great setup guys and Franzen has a pretty accurate shot.
I feel like Smith would bring some fiesty-ness to the group since he's so young and it would be his first chance in the playoffs. He might bring some Helm-like energy to the game.
Sounds like some pretty good moves. I wasn't much of an Emmerton fan until recently. I think he is doing much better than he was, but I have to say that Connor is definitely a good choice. He's like, Hudler's size, with Helm's speed.
Also, move Nyquist up to Datsyuk's line--put him on the PP as well as Hudler's replacement, move Franzen down to the third line.
I just read a Babcock quote that he wants to "stay the course". I hope that was gamesmanship and he does shake it up a bit.
Stay out of penalty box, more quality shots to the net, pepper Rinne with shots, more puck possession. All in all, just get back to Detroit Red Wing hockey & we will be victorious. LGRW!!!! Don't Stop Believin'...... LGRW!!!!!
@thebiglachovsky I love Stu, but yeah, he's been driving me nuts for a while now. Besides, what's it gonna hurt to change it up? It's do or die time.