Friday, December 19, 2008

Red Wings Definitely Put The Sharks In Their Place

To me, the surprise would have come if it had been the other way around. If the Red Wings had been dominated by the Sharks. As is, it was fastball served right down the middle for the Red Wings. They hit it out of the park with a dominating 6-0 victory Thursday.
Pavel Datsyuk had a great game. A couple goals. A couple assists. He was strong on both ends of the ice. Isn’t he a better player than Joe Thornton? So is Henrik Zetterberg, by the way.
One of the big question marks surrounding the Red Wings is goaltending. Not only has Chris Osgood struggled, especially early in games, but there is a downside to Ty Conklin as backup. It’s that during his entire NHL career, he’s played in just one playoff game. With Osgood out with a groin injury, Conklin was better than good Thursday, particularly early in the game when the Sharks carried play and were threatening. Osgood’s biggest issue this season has been allowing early goals.
Wonder what they will say about the Red Wings on "Hockey Night In Canada" this week? It still can’t be that the Sharks are the "best team in hockey."

Random Thoughts

- Look, neither Gerald Laird or Matt Treanor is going to remind anybody of Ivan Rodriguez in his prime, but the Tigers catching is going to be solid this coming season. About in the middle of the pack among major league teams. The bigger question is whether Brandon Inge will hit enough to justify playing third base every day.

- There are some factors pointing to a Lions’ victory Sunday over New Orleans. The Saints are just 1-6 on the road. They have been eliminated from playoff contention. Kevin Smith, Calvin Johnson and Dan Orlovsky have given the Lions’ offense some life. It’s why the Saints are just a touchdown favorite. But there is one factor that just can’t seem to be overcome: Can the Lions defense stop any team when it really has to? Especially with Drew Brees involved, that doesn’t seem likely.


Blogger Larry Baker said...

Re: Laird and Treanor, I agree completely. But consider the anemic 6-9 batting in the order. There really is no reason to suppose that Inge, Sheffield, or Everett will bat as high as .250. The line-up is remarkably slow and right-handed as well. Go, defense!

P.S. Wonder how those season tickets are selling this year. Have you bought your Laird jersey, yet?).

1:33 PM 
Blogger maddog52 said...

You'd be lieing if you said you weren't stunned by how the Wings played against the Sharks. I mean becasue the wings are an elite team you'd expect battle, but not to man handle them. It just goes to show you that with this team lets talk about them in may and see where we are at LOL.. They earned it.

As far as the Tigers. The catching moves don't bother me. What bothers me is the lack of knowledgement to the bullpen thus far and the talks about pending hopes on Fernando Rodney. Yes it would be nice if he can have a turn around season, but can this team afford to take that gamble again. A guy like Saito and Biemel yes may cost some, but thsi team is close enough that it be worth it. Also are there any left handed bats the tigers may look at?

Tonight's matchup should serve as a good test for the Pistons. Lets see if we will get the LA Lakers - Spurs move or we will get the Wizards/Timberwolves performance.

2:01 PM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...


Everything I have seen this year paints the Wings as the team to beat. But the records are the records.

I find it ironic having spent half my life on both sides of the border - to hear Yanks so concerned about a Canadian broadcast team root for Canadians.

This from those that shout "U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!" everytime they compete against a foriegn body.

We would shout C-A-N-A-D-A if we could, but it's just to much of a mouthful.

Now I mean this in the nicest way -in the spirit of the holiday season - not in the the elitist "Canadian-know-everything" way.

I am smiling while I write this.

Merry Christmas Pat and everyone. I hope your holidays are great.

5:02 PM 
Blogger Barry said...

Well Pat, we both know the answer to the Inge question. DD should stop eating cheeseburgers. Inge like the auto bail out just bidding time. What the Tigers need is a young Chipper Jones to play 3B. Tigers need left handed bat as much as economy need lower mortgage rates. What with the Banks anyway? US Government has done their job now it is time for bank to do their. Imagine getting a loan at 2% for a 30 year mortgage. That should do the trick. I interested to see what the Tigers are going to do with Holliman. He has power, switch hitter and speed and should have good enough hands to play 3B in Toledo.

11:45 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Larry Baker,
Great point. And when they were going great in '06, a lot of it had to do with a strong bottom third of the order.

9:36 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Thought the Pistons game Friday was telling. Shoddy defense. Rasheed Wallace losing his cool again. Agree about the bullpen. Tigers have to do something.

9:38 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
Part of that, Fred, is that I actually care what the HNIC guys think. Guess you could call that respect.

9:38 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I don't think they have big plans for Holliman. They are all about Iorg.

9:40 PM 

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