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Wings grades, a Lidstrom quip and Pistons squabbling

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

The Wings have played approximately 72% of their schedule, so the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness posted a slate of “third quarter” Red Wings grades that are ever-so-slightly early and based upon the Wings’ contributions over games 42-59 (and he seems to be marking players down for missed attendance):

Pavel Datsyuk (A-/A-/A) – 17 goals, 31 assists. Despite playing just 40 games this season, Datsyuk is second on the team in scoring.
Tomas Holmstrom (B/B-/C+) –12 goals, 13 assists. On the fourth line since returning from a broken hand, but does see his normal power play time.
Jonathan Ericsson (C/C+/C+) –3 goals, 11 assists. Has a career-best 14 points this season, but more impressive is his plus-13, which is third best on the team.

Jimmy Howard (A+/B+/B+) – 30-10-3, 2.76 GAA, .908 SV%. Since being pulled in a loss to Nashville, Howard has won four straight and has allowed just six goals. He leads the league in wins.

This one really surprises me:

Jakub Kindl (D/D/D+) – 1 goal, 1 assist. Seems to have found himself back to being a healthy scratch now that the Wings’ blue line is fully healthy.

Continued if you wish to read ‘em, and I’ll try to post a more holistic set of grades sometime this week…

• This is a few days old, but let’s all pretend to be surprised that the Hockey News’s Ryan Dixon suggests that Nicklas Lidstrom remains the favorite for the Norris Trophy at this point:

1. Nicklas Lidstrom: Graced the cover of our most recent issue, where we anointed him the best 40-year-old in NHL history

It’s entirely possible that, somewhere down the line, chunks of their article will mysteriously appear somewhere…

• This doesn’t surprise me one bit: despite the fact that the NBA made sure to show prospective Pistons buyer Tom Gores and current Pistons owner Karen Davidson attending the NBA All-Star game, the Detroit News’s Gregg Krupa and Vincent Goodwill report that the NBA will deliberately fudge the financial number that Gores will eventually purchase the Pistons, the Palace and Palace Sports & Entertainment for as Davidson still wants over $400 million for the whole enchilada (Wings owner Mike Ilitch offered a realistic 2011 price of $370 million, while Davidson’s still selling as if it’s 2007). The NBA, like the NHL, doesn’t want to mess with franchise values by announcing a heavily discounted price, so they’ll find a way to fib. They’re doing a pretty good job of fibbing at present as they’re going to lock out their players and fans next season.

• And Fox Sports Detroit has announced its ten semifinalists for the “April in the D” song contest, per Motor City Bengals’ Josh Parent.  Fans (i.e. you and me) can vote on the semifinalists between now and March 8th.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

This one really surprises me:

  Jakub Kindl (D/D/D+) – 1 goal, 1 assist. Seems to have found himself back to being a healthy scratch now that the Wings’ blue line is fully healthy.

That grade is a joke, especially when you consider he gave Ericsson a C+ for the third quarter. Kindl had a couple of bad games (hey, he’s a rookie in his first season) but Ericsson (who started out great) has regressed to last year’s level of play. He gets rattled easily, makes bad decisions and gets caught out of position way too often.

If the Wings ever thought of trading Big E, now would be the time to do it. He still has the “he’s got potential” tag that will get the Wings a nice return. And Kindl is more than ready to take his spot. It won’t happen (because they’ll want depth on defense going into the playoffs), but I wouldn’t cry about it if it did.

(The NBA is) doing a pretty good job of fibbing at present as they’re going to lock out their players and fans next season.

From you lips to God’s ears. Then I won’t have to watch Wings games on Fox Sports Plus every time there’s a Pissed-ons game scheduled for the same night. I lost all interest in them the second they traded Chauncy for that turd, Iverson.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/21/11 at 02:50 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

WEST vs EAST shenanigans

One Western team has a losing record vs. the Eastern Division, Minnesota at 5-6.

SEVEN Eastern teams have losing records vs the Western Division, including some highly placed Eastern Division teams.

Time for some bacon-tomato on toast with A.M. Ale.

Posted by RWBill on 02/21/11 at 02:57 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Kindl is playing far better than a D. If he had a scoring touch, He’d easily have a B.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/11 at 11:45 PM ET

Chet's avatar

kindl is 2 years from being a pretty huge stud at the NHL level. book it.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 02/22/11 at 07:23 AM ET

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