Monday, March 15, 2010
With the Red wings currently in 8Th place in the Western conference and in the final playoff spot one point ahead of Calgary the last 14 games are going to be huge starting off tonight against Calgary on the road. If the Red wings want to make the final playoff spot winning tonight's game is going to be key. With the Red wings pretty much healthy now is the time to start playing Red wings hockey and make a push to secure a playoff spot.
Here are some keys to making that happen- 1. Johon Franzen has come off a injury and has 4 points (4 goals) in 7 games in March. Last year in March in 13 games he had 7 goals and 10 assists for 17 points. The Red wings are sure going to need his presence and leadership to secure a playoff spot in the playoffs. 2. Niklas Kronwall has had a tough season as far as injury goes I think a big part of Detroit's playoff chances hinge on Kronwall being the defensive presence he usually is all season and mostly this time of year. Every year I watch this guy especially in the playoff he is always making a hit of the season in the most opportune time with a tough and physical presence it would go a long way making Detroit a playoff caliber team.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I think this has been a somewhat disapointing Offseason for the Tigers. First off trading away Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson may have been a huge mistake. Granderson was everyones Tiger and Jackson was the second best starting pitcher. I hope the young players OF Austin Jackson RHP Max Scherzer are enough to fill the void by Granderson and Jackson. Austin Jackson was one of the top prospects of the Yankees organization and has been a top rated minor league play but the word is still out on him being a succesfull MLB player, Scherzer is known as a hard thrower and went 9-11 last year, not quite like Edwin Jackson. I haven't seen anything or any moves that made them better except signing a CL Jose Valverde who had 25 saves with the Astros last year. Seems like we are so far away from the playoffs considering we have downgraded at important positions.
The Lions draft day usually come with high hopes considering 7 out of the last 8 years the Lions have drafted in the top 10. With names like Joey Harrington(3rd overall-Oregon) Charles Rogers(2nd overall Michigan State) Roy Williams(7th overall Texas)Mike Williams(10th overall USC)Ernie Sims (9th overall Florida State)Calvin Johnson(2nd overall Georgia Tech) Matthew Stafford (1st overall Georgia) the only players still left on the roster to this day are Ernie Sims (LB) Calvin Johnson (WR) Matthew Stafford(QB). I am a Lions fan till the end and I hope every year for something good to happen come draft day and to me all that ever happen are mistakes which start at the top. Ownership needs to hire the right people to evaluate talent and make these top ten picks worth the money we are paying them. I like the hire of Jim Schwartz and his staff and I like what they are trying to do, however to me draft day could mean the beginning to a end for him and his staff. The Lions are sitting number 2 with top needs of - CB, DT, DE, OT, WR, RB the top 5 players ranked from Scout INCS are DT- Nebraska - Ndamukong Suh , DT Gerald McCoy- Oklahoma- S - Tennessee -Eric Berry- OT- Rutgers- Anthony Davis- DE South Florida Jason Pierre-Paul. St.Louis at number one will most likely take Suh at number one, then comes Detroit as much as I think the Lions do need help on the defensive line I really like Eric Berry the S out of Tennessee he has been compared to Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu. I think the Lions secondary is weak and has been weak for a long time. A player like Berry I think would limit big plays and add some talent in the defensive backfield. If Suh and still there at two the lions might be hard pressed to pass on him yes he is that good a disruptive for in the defensive line. Scouts love this guy as well as the Rams, I don't see the Rams passing on him. With whatever happens on draft day I hope the Lions make a good evaluation on the players in the top ten and take a player that is good enough to have around for a while that will help the Lions become a winning franchise.