I’m assuming you disagree with the 4th best overall finish in the conference (not the NHL) prediction. With Kronwall being out for the season, the age of the Wings, the lack of toughness on the Wings, and the goaltenders being a bit of a question mark, it would be bold to place them in the top one or two spots in the conference. Bab***** will push them to excel and overachieve. Maybe they’re more like a 6th place team? Who really knows? The rule changes are really drastic and could help Detroit more than many teams.
I think by Christmas, we’ll all have a better idea of where these teams stand. Drastic roster and rule changes haved turned the NHL upside down.]]>
You said, “unreasonable measures this team has made to their roster this offseason” For the Red Wings the off season was more about establishing which players to keep and which to let go because when you have to cut your payroll in half it will be hard to impress the hockey world with acquisitions as they had been able to do in the past. As far as keeping Schnieder and Chelios goes I think we will have to see just how well those Dmen balance out being able to defend against speed and being able to make those outlet passes to spring their speedy forwards the other way. I think with the new rules to much focus has been put on speed at the forward position and not enough focus on outlet passing from down back to spring them.
Now to the net. Yes I remember that shot Osgood let in that from the red line. I think it was JR who made that shot which Ozzy somehow gloved it but, it came out with enough momentum to just trickle in past the goal line and The Red Wings lost what I think was a game 4 to knot the series at 2-2 in 98. Although that shot was some what frustrating to cope with at the time. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise because every opposing team was taking shots from the neutral zone for the rest of the playoffs and when players take shots from the neutral zone there is no way for teammates to get rebounds and it is easier for the goalie to make the stop because of no screen or deflection and the ones that miss the net turn the goalie into a 3rd dman in the corner without a oppositional pressure. Now as far as post season net minding tandems go. Unless you have a crystal ball to tell who will be the 06 version of Jean-Sebastien Giguere or Miikka Kiprusoff,a Turco/Brodeur or a Hasek/Khabibulin combo then all any team can do is hope for the best there. Is it possible that Legace could be the 06 Giggy or Kipper? Who knows?]]>