For those of you that are geeks for both Star Wars and the Red Wings (shorter odds than you’d think), this piece from SI.com last week surely warmed your cockles. It’s godawful hokey to use Star Wars metaphors in any context. But I’m not going to lie me and my friends (whether they admit it or not) have idly correlated the playing styles and personas of Red Wings players to Star Wars characters.
How geeky you wanna get:
Steve Yzerman – Luke Skywalker (duh)
Larry Murphy – C3P0
Igor Larionov – Emperor Palpatine
Vladdy K. – Boba Fett
Scotty Bowman (pictured left, with the Jedi master who taught him) – a cross between Yoda and R2D2
I could go on and on and on and on like this, but I’ll stop because there’s a larger point to be made: The Death Stars were awesome, but they both were destroyed. The first time because the Empire “doesn’t consider a small, one-manned fighter (Matt Duchene. Sorry, last metaphor) to be any threat. Or they’d have a tighter defense.“*
The second Death Star got destroyed cause the Empire didn’t learn its lesson the first time.
The build-from-the back theory isn’t universal, but there are relevant points: The 2006 team finished third in team defense but was swept in the first round. In fairness, it wasn’t the defense that failed em that year.
In the Cup year, the defense was nigh on historically good. And whilst the Wings made the finals with the 20th-rated GAA in 2009, the likes of that offense won’t be seen again in the post-lockout era. The current side (19th in GAA) is different.
As of this writing, it couldn’t shoot its way out of Columbus, never mind the conference final.
Hockey teams don’t usually ‘all the sudden’ get responsible defensively, but I’m a fan too so I have hope the Wings can tighten it up.
Kindl has been great so far, but he looked like a rookie for the first time in a while against the Rangers last night. So it’ll be nice when Stewart can reclaim his share of minutes.
Lidstrom’s scoring his waned but he continues to be steady in back. And traffic through the neutral zone was noticeably slower with Datsyuk back on patrol.
Because of cap constraints, all Babcock can do is keep scowling, and pray Howard reclaims his 2010 form. Oh I’d recommend making a rule that Brian Rafalski can’t attempt any passes over two lines.
If those things don’t happen, bank that the Wings will be Comic-conning us this Spring.
* Yes I paraphrased that quote without looking it up. /shrug shoulders