Category: Lord of the Wings

One Wing to rule them all. Every week we break down who we thought the best Red Wing was, and crown them Lord of the Wings. New post every monday during the regular season.

Lord of the Wings – Week of 2/6

Apologies for these slipping, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks.

Christian: Am I not dead enough that we can actually pick a Lord of the Wings?
Zac: Who is this? Is this Jimmy? I told you, I just need a little more time. I’ve got something promising coming up next week, and then I’ll be able to pay you back, I swear!

Christian: What games were even played last week?

Zac: Some hockey games, if I’m not mistaken.

Christian: Oh good, it was 4 losses

Zac: I kind of thought that might be the case.

Christian: One was OT though, so there’s a bright side

Zac: Sure, bright like a week-old glowstick. ‘Member point streaks?

Christian: No. I actually don’t even remember those. I’m a beaten broken shell of a blogger at this point also I was dead from illness for much of the past couple weeks.

Zac: Those two may be connected. You know, I’m going to be honest, that last week was a bit of a blur. And I don’t remember stats. And those games were terrible. But you know the name that keeps sneaking into my head for not terrible reasons?

Christian: Zetterberg?

Zac: Zetterberg.

Christian: He is dragging this team along by the collar. He really doesn’t want to miss the playoffs

Zac: I’m not sure his willpower is enough. But I love that man.

Christian: in a shitty four games, he had 2 goals and 2 assists. It’s hard to believe looking at him he’s 36 years old. That’s OLD for hockey, except Jagr

Zac: Well, Jagr’s special, you can’t really use him for comparison. But yeah, he looks great, half the time it seems like he’s the only one out there who cares.

Christian: 1900 points on his 45th birthday. You know who’s not a star of the week? Gustav “Pikemen” Nyquist. Also I was wrong, Vanek had 2 goals and 2 assists, Z had 2 goals and 1 assist

Zac: lol, Pikemen. That was ridiculous. I think he just forgot what sport he was playing. “Why am I holding this pool cue?”

Christian: Clearly he thought Spurgeon had something in his eye

Zac: Shame he’s getting 6 games just for being thoughtful. This world we live in…Anyway, pure stats wise, as you said, Vanek had a better showing, but my vote would still be for Z. He’s the only constant keeping this raging dumpster fire from being a rolling raging dumpster fire followed by a sweet-ass explosion that you walk away from. That’s a bit hyperbolic, but dammit I’m tired of this shit. WHY MUST BOTH MY HOCKEY TEAMS SUCK? AND MY FANTASY TEAM? AND EASHL? (Although we’ve had a pretty good streak there). The Bombers are my only hope.

Christian: We’re probably going to suck there too. There’s some pretty good guys on the other team. Yeah I think the INTANGIBLES that Z has have pushed him over the edge for the week

Zac: GRIT


Christian: Hahahahaha that’s perfect

Congratulations Henrik Zetterberg for being this week’s Lord of the Wings. He had 2 goals and assist in the past 4 games.

 

 

2016-2017 Lord of the Wings Tallies

Anthony Mantha – 2

Andreas Athanasiou – 2

Jimmy Howard – 1

Tomas Tatar – 1

Jared Coreau – 1

Henrik Zetterberg – 1

Lord of the Wings – Week of 1/16

Zac: Coreau

Christian: That’s all you got?
Zac: Consider the following: 1.000, .625, .947. That middle number is terrible. (Although some idiot from the internet said it wasn’t his fault).
Can you imagine what his next game would have been like if he had Mrazek’s fragile mental constitution? But no, he comes back after a game off, and gets a shutout in regulation, his second in 3 games. Granted, I would have preferred to not qualify that with “in regulation,” but still…

Christian: We’e doing this so late I don’t even remember what games we played. Wow a rare 4 game week?

Zac: 4 games indeed.

Christian: When you put it that way, he played 2 really good games

Zac: 18 saves each.

Christian: I don’t know that anyone really stood out last week, but Coreau actually is a good argument. He’s a really fascinating story too. His first pro season he only got 1 win in like 15 games then he lost 15 pounds in the off season and saw a sports psychologist.

Zac: Okay, I didn’t realize all that, nor did I realize that “sports psychologist” was a thing. Although, with people like goalies and quarterbacks, I can definitely see why. Larkin decided to do some stuff. Obviously he reads the Wheelhouse.

Christian: He did one goal. Also got hurt

Zac: He did other good stuff too. Not enough for such a high honor, though. Not this week, anyway.

Christian: I mean, they weren’t that good this week. They scored a lot but also let in a lot against Boston, they got shutout by NYR. One goal against MTL. Buffalo should’ve been a win but between them not playing great and the refs they lost in OT

Zac: But hey, points is points. I mean, not really, that’s a horrible philosophy. But still…

Christian: It was a good points streak. But it kind of feels like the unsustainable points streak in the beginning where they were getting really lucky

Zac: I’ll take what I can get when I can get it. My hopes are still pretty low. So, are you just going to come in here and comment on my ideas, or are you able to think for yourself and suggest somebody?

Christian: No I’ll be honest I had no choice in mind this week. Maybe Vanek? He had a couple points, but he wasn’t like amazing or anything

Zac: Not exactly a ringing endorsement. That’s kind of sad in a week where we won 3 games.

Christian: Uh…we won 2 games. We lost to Buffalo

Zac: That is absolutely true and I have no excuse except incompetence. I submit myself to your judgment and mercy. I also submit that it’s weird that there is no “e” in judgment. But I digress…

Christian: Congratulations you’re a real hockey blogger now, because this was all you

Zac: Is this in the same way that I’m a “real” goalie because I bought all the pads?

Christian: Exact same

Zac: 

AP Photos/Paul Sancya

Congratulations Jared Coreau on his first Lord of the Wings win. He is now the second Wings goalie this season to win the honor. He had a shutout and went 1-0-2 on the week.

2016-2017 Lord of the Wings Tallies

Anthony Mantha – 2

Andreas Athanasiou – 2

Jimmy Howard – 1

Tomas Tatar – 1

Jared Coreau – 1

Lord of the Wings – Week of 1/9

Christian: So who are you thinking?

Zac: It’s hard to be objective with AA’s copycat goal against Pitt constantly repeating in my head. When they showed the side-by-side last night with Datsyuk’s goal from… was it 2013?… my head just exploded. Suggest someone else, because I feel like I’m ignoring a lot of good play because of it!

Christian: I mean, I think it’s probably AA again, but Vanek is on a pretty killer point streak right now. He’s got points in his last 6 games, though one of those is the goal last night

Zac: Well that doesn’t count. We don’t know about that yet, because we’re totally doing this on time during the day on Monday. Stop predicting the future. VANEK! is on a tear, Mantha’s being Mantha. I can’t wait to talk about Coreau after the game that we haven’t seen yet because time travel isn’t a thing. ‘Member Larkin? I wish we could talk about Larkin on these things…

Christian: Yeah what’s up with him? I mean, I get that he’s having a sophomore slump, but still.

Zac: True, although his “sophomore slump” started his freshman year. I’m worried that the issues with this team are going to cause lasting damage with him.

Christian: He’s got 16 points in 44 games. I don’t even think he looks bad. I honestly don’t know what’s causing it. I think the team underperforming plus he gets focus from the other team

Christian: He had an assist last week

Zac: To risk referencing NHL 17 again, he’s solidly in the yellow.

Christian: Hah, you mean coach grades?

Zac: Yessir.

Christian: Anyways, I want to go with AA because he’s rapidly proving himself to be an elite talent. Like, as good as Larkin was last season at the beginning

Zac: You mean Andrevel Datsanasiou?

Christian: Or Paveas Athanasyuk. Iyer Prasanth had an interesting stat about him

Zac: Go on…

Christian: Ah, here we go.


So that’s points in 5v5 situation per 60 minutes of ice time. He’s 5th. That’s pretty great. that’s better than McJesus

Zac: McJesus, the standard to which we all compare ourselves. Even us goalies. (Sorry, I just wanted to call myself a goalie :D) WWMD?

Christian: Notice that Vanek is actually number 1. He’s so close to a PPG

Zac: I did notice that. There’s no way around it, VANEK! is amazing.

Christian: Yes he is. But let’s settle it. Vanek or AA?

Zac: I vote AA.

Christian: Same

Zac: They AAs have it!

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Congratulations Andreas Athanasiou, our second back to back Lord of the Wins Recipient. Last week he had 2 goals in 3 games.

2016-2017 Lord of the Wings Tallies

Anthony Mantha – 2

Andreas Athanasiou – 2

Jimmy Howard – 1

Tomas Tatar – 1