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  1. angryjay93

    GENS A - Fall'18 Games Played WARNING

    Please feel free to replace me. I'm in the process of moving and will be out of town the next few weekends. All in all it doesn't leave much time for playing.
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    Tampa Bay Lightning

    Tampa Bay Lightning Team Overview: Chemistry is one hell of a thing, there isn’t much to suggest that the Lightning would be a competitive team as they own the slowest and least skilled defense in the game and an unimpressive set of forwards after Brian Bradley. Yet, somehow, almost inexplicably, they manage to cobble together a lightweight lineup that does just enough to win their fair share of games. Forwards: To say that the Lightning are utterly bereft of top end talent after Bradley would be an insult to understatements. At the very least though, the lineup is littered with useful, light weight options that can stir up some trouble on defense and work the counter attack in their favor to cash in on some easy/garbage goals. RAPON!!!: Andersson-Bradley-Kasper Mikael Andersson: 6 weight, 2/4 skating, 2/2 shot, 3 sth & pass, 2/3 aware, Shoots: L Oddly enough, this no shot, straight line, burner-ish type player is the best offensive winger on the roster. Players don’t get much more unspectacular than Andersson, but he does the trick in many instances. Being the only player on the roster above 3 speed, Andersson’s ability to quickly move the puck up the ice is a vital change of pace in an otherwise sluggish attack. Thankfully, Andersson does have an average set of playmaking skills to go along with his speed so he isn’t just carrying the puck up the ice for his health. Scoring though, is something of an art with Andersson, his piddly shot wont strike the fear into any goalie as he is mainly an in close deker. While not the biggest of hitters on defense, he is still able to bring down the heavyweights with ease and it is nice to have one player on the ice with a bit of speed to run down players in open ice. Brian Bradley: 4 weight, 4/3 skating, 4/5 shot, 3 sth & pass, 4/3 aware, Shoots: R One of the prevailing traits of an expansion team is a dearth of top end talent; this is not the case for Tampa as Bradley is a border line Round 1 pick in the GDL draft. The one obvious weakness about Bradley is his speed. Fine, it is what it is, pretty dang average, but it does not hamper him enough from being one of the games truly legitimate snipers. Bradley’s shot turns a pop gun offense into one that can hurt any team in the league as he is dangerous from almost anywhere inside the offensive zone. Despite his lack of speed, Bradley is still very capable of bouncing off a few body checks and driving the puck to the net in close for a floater or deke. What sets Bradley apart from several other sniping slugs is that he can really check the snot out of the opposition, which comes in real handy in helping to change the tide of a game. Steve Kasper: 5 weight, 3/3 skating, 2/3 shot, 3 sth & pass, 1/3 aware, Shoots: L Much like Andersson, on a standard team Kasper wouldn’t garner a 2nd look despite his ability to body check effectively. For the Lightning though, Kasper is a good wing option because he has just enough playmaking ability to feed Bradley consistently as he is rather adept at dodging and absorbing body checks to make the play. It is pretty rare for a forward to have such low offensive awareness, but this doesn’t hamper Kasper too much as he is still able to convert on the odd goal and he is very focused on defense, which isn’t a bad thing to have when the other two forwards are going to be doing a lot of work on offense. This is the most balanced line the Lightning can hope to ice as it provides some speed, some scoring touch, and a good deal of defensive ability. If either Andersson or Kasper can augment Bradley’s production, the Lightning becomes rather effective, and not in just expansion team terms, but league wide terms. TRAPON!!!: Kasper-Bradley-DiMaio Rob DiMaio: 5 weight, 2/3 skating, 2/2 shot, 2 sth & pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: R If all you wanted in your life was another guy just like Kasper, but less skilled, then you can stop your search. Strictly a weight bug option, DiMaio provides a bit more defensive edge then Andersson which could come in handy in an attempt to slow the game down and turn the neutral zone into a wasteland of turnovers and mutilated bodies. With the puck on his stick DiMaio is as unskilled as they come, but if he’s allowed to waltz right in on the goalie, he’s bound to convert on some of his chances. While this is in the running for slowest line in the league, it is an effective trap line because not many teams can match a line of 5-4-5 weight. It essentially eliminates the body check for the opponent as they are now reduced to poke checks and holds which may provide some problems. The scoring touch isn’t reduced all that much by a change from Andersson to DiMaio as Bradley is still the obvious go to player. Who’s the Fattie? Bradley-Kontos-Andersson/Kasper Chris Kontos: 8 weight, 3/3 skating, 3/5 shot, 3 sth & pass, 4/3 aware, Shoots: L While it may be a difficult decision to give up such a superior weight advantage, sometimes it’s useful plugging a little extra offense into the lineup against a heavier team if things start to go awry. Kontos greatest and only strength is his ability to finish. Kontos isn’t unfamiliar with the concept of filling the slot, and with a pair of flyweight options on the wing, they should be able to feed him enough chances to make him worth icing. Using Kontos in a one-on-one fashion is likely to end unsuccessfully as he has neither the skating ability or weight advantage to work his way into the danger areas, if this is a main mode of attack for the user, it’s likely best to put Kontos on the wing or just leave him on the bench entirely. No other expansion team has one player with a 3/5 shot or better, Tampa has two. If they can get chances, they are going to put some goals on the board. The defense takes a hit though, but against a heavier or slower team, it’s a trade off worth considering. Other Options: None of the players remaining on the roster are worth GDL consideration, hell; Kasper, Andersson, and DiMaio never get drafted. Still, it doesn’t hurt to talk about a couple of other bums. Marc Bureau: 7 weight, 3/3 skating, 2/2 shot, 3 sth, 2 pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: R Average skating middle weight with a sub par skill set, you didn’t expect anything good did you? Danton Cole: 7 weight, 3/3 skating, 2/2 shot, 2 sth & pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: R The thing about Danton Cole is... Forwards: 5/10 Defense: On paper, the Lightning have the worst rated and most unimpressive defense in the entire game...and they don’t play far from it. While not crippled by a brigade of heavyweights, the Lightning have the slowest top pairing defense in the league that is compensated by no other skill. Roman Hamrlik: 7 weight, 3/2 skating, 3/1 shot, 3 sth, 2 pass, 2/3 aware, Shoots: L Hamrlik garners nothing more than a shoulder shrug from me. He’s slow, isn’t a threat offensively, doesn’t give a good breakout pass, and he doesn’t do a good job of containing a light weight bearing down on him with speed. This is the Lightning’s #1 defenseman though, the price of having a legitimate forward on an expansion team is rather steep it seems. Marc Bergevin: 6 weight, 2/2 skating, 3/0 shot, 2 sth & pass, 2/2 aware, Shoots: L Things have already degraded down to this? Damn, that was fast. Bergevin is light and he is also light. Ignore his shot, he’s never going to use it and if he does, well, I don’t need to tell you how it’ll end. Bergevin is pretty good at dealing with slugs, mainly because he is light. Have I mentioned that Bergevin is light yet? Good, I just wanted to make it clear that Bergevin is indeed light. The main objective of the Lightning defenders is this. Don’t get caught out of your own zone, slow down the attack, and allow the forwards to mop up. If breakaways are limited and the Lightning defenders stay home, Bergevin and Hamrlik can do a fairly bang up job and contribute to the defensive game plan. If they get caught though, they won’t be able to do a thing about it. Also, don’t let them carry the puck for too long, they won’t intimidate anyone with their abilities. Other Options: The rest of the pairings I can suggest are of equal stink, so I’m not even going to bother breaking them down. Bob Beers: 9 weight, 3/3 skating, 2/2 shot, 2 sth & pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: R Bad ass name, bad player. If a heavy defenseman is going to be iced he has to have some skills, Beers possesses nothing worth mentioning though. Bergevin provides a similar skill set in a slimmer package, don’t keep this Beers on ice. Shawn Chambers: 9 weight, 2/2 skating, 2/1 shot, 2 sth & pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: L Hey, this is a major improvement from when he was rated a 1 overall in NHL 93, take what you can get. Chris Lipuma: 6 weight, 1/1 skating, 1/0 shot, 1 sth & pass, 2/1 aware, Shoots: L I mention Lipuma because he is a default sub, I’d suggest subbing him, but honestly, what’s the difference? At least Lipuma is light. Why does this sound familiar? Defense: .5/10 Goalie Zone: Wendell Young is not Glenn Healy, I can’t get much more positive than that without lying through my teeth. Wendell Young: 6 weight, 3/3 skating, 2/2 aware, 3 puck control, 3/2/3/3 save, Catches: L Young occasionally gets starting consideration in the GDL and Blitz leagues, he typically platoons at best though. Be prepared to use a lot of goalie control with Young, he isn’t very strong against most scoring tactics although he may provide a few surprising saves from time to time. Goalie: 2.5/10 Bottom Line: Despite a horribly rated defense and below average goaltending, the Lightning ought to be respected. Their ability to score and play team defense allows them to play a few different styles and adjust to their opponent as needed. Against a superior team in the hands of a skilled player, the uphill climb to victory will still be a daunting, yet not impossible task.
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    Dallas Stars

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    Dallas Stars

    Dallas Stars Team Overview: There may be no other team in the league that relies on pure, dumb, blind speed as much as the Dallas Stars. Chances should come in droves for the Stars because of their speed, it is entirely likely though that many of these chances will be wasted by their pathetic shooting ability. If they can figure out a way light the lamp consistently, the Stars have the defense and goaltending to support the forwards which make a contender for a top 5 team in the game. Forwards: Just like being a power bottom*, speed is the name of the game in ’94 often times, the Stars have that in spades. While Modano and Courtnall have a bit of a learning curve on them, once they are mastered, they are extremely dangerous players that can be tough to contain. Pair that with a defensive minded Broten, and the Stars have a top tier line. The depth is ok, but it shouldn’t come into play too much. Spray ‘N Pray: Modano-Courtnall-Broten Mike Modano: 7 weight, 5/5 skating, 5/2 shot, 5 sth, 4 pass, 4/4 aware, Shoots: L Modano is a rare blend of pure speed and shooting power which makes him a uniquely effective player. But the accuracy, the lack of accuracy to be precise is the only thing holding back Modano from being truly elite. There may be no forward in the league better at throwing easy chances away than Modano. Most users don’t notice a tangible difference between a 4 or 5 shot accuracy, but the drop down to 2 is painfully obvious. Despite all this, Modano’s other skills compensate and he is able to create a litany of chances with speed and playmaking abilities as well as his blistering shot. He will need these numerous chances, but when Modano does manage to put the puck on net, his shot power allows him to blow the puck by the goalie with great ease. Russ Courtnall: 6 weight, 5/6 skating, 4/3 shot, 3 sth & pass, 4/2 aware, Shoots: R Perfect speed is always beneficial, even when the skill set is just a bit above average such as the case is with Courtnall. Obviously, not an ideal one-timing center due to his speed and lack of shot accuracy, Courtnall is still the best option in the middle because he is extremely dangerous in the one-on-one game. Courtnall, is typically a round 1 pick in the GDL draft, and with good reason, his speed is elite, it can drive defenses crazy and he has just enough of a slap shot that needs to be respected in which to keep defenses honest. Defensively, Courtnall can be very effective, though not as effective as a Roenick or Bure, Courtnall is still adept at throwing his body weight around and he is among the top players in leading a counter attack. One thing to keep in mind with Courtnall though is his lack of passing, it is so tempting to just try and blow by everyone on the ice, but if he gets in trouble, his lack of passing can be cause of concern as he gives away the puck time and time again. The art of patience and elusiveness is just as important to Courtnall’s game as his raw speed is. Neal Broten: 4 weight, 4/4 skating, 3/2 shot, 3 sth, 4 pass, 3/5 aware, Shoots: L Arguably the top defensive forward in the game, Broten is not only a huge hitter, but he is a capable puck handler and playmaker which makes him a unique threat on both sides of the ice. Most users hold Broten in high regard despite the weak shot ratings because he is an equal to Roenick when it comes to checking. Dallas isn’t the greatest defensive team, but the addition of Broten allows the Stars to be able to handle players such as Selanne, Mogilny, and Bondra much more effectively by putting a massive checking presence on the ice, it can really change the way an opponent attacks the Stars. If Broten can create turnovers, he is also a competent passer and he can easily spring Modano and Courtnall on breakaways and allow them to work their magic. If the game turns into a puck possession type game in the offensive zone, Broten brings an element of calmness to the line as his skating and ease of handling allows him to be very precise with his movements and passing to set up some easy one timers. This line has so much potential if used correctly, it rivals Vancouver and Detroit in effectiveness on offense and defense. But if the speed game gets harnessed, Dallas can struggle with creating chances that are easy enough for their inaccurate shooters to take advantage of. The 3 forwards collectively average a 4 shot power, but only 2.3 accuracy, it’s one of the most lopsided ratios in the game. The Crash Line: Gagner-Courtnall-Modano Dave Gagner: 6 weight, 4/4 skating, 3/4 shot, 4 sth & pass, 4/4 aware, Shoots: L It’s not so much that there is any thing wrong with Gagner, it’s more of a case that there just isn’t so much of anything right with him. A standard, heady type winger, Gagner should provide some very solid, more offensively minded play than Broten will. This could be rather useful as Gagner does immediately become the most consistent shooter on the ice for the Stars. He is also a noted garbage goal specialist as he is prone to crash the net on rebounds and other such scrums to pick up some ugly goals. The drop off in defense from Broten to Gagner though is noticeable, but that doesn’t mean Gagner is a liability, he just doesn’t provide much of anything different from Courtnall or Modano in the body checking game. This combo opens up some new attacking options, Modano is now on his off wing and he is more able to use his big slapper. While it may not hit the net often enough, it should either provide a goal or a massive rebound if it does. Courtnall should be used in the same fashion still and he will cause a ton of havoc in the slot. Gagner brings a gritty element on offense, which should come in handy; it’s just going to take a more refined defensive strategy to keep the Stars as effective as they would be if they were icing Broten instead. Run ‘BMC: Broten-Modano-Courtnall Some people do find Modano easier to handle in the center and Courtnall on the wing. There is nothing wrong with this set up, it’s still very effective and Modano’s one-timers in the slot can be very Brett Hull like. With Broten on the left now, it keeps the teams most effective penalty killer in the lineup without the need of substitution. Don’t be afraid to experiment with line combos when using the Stars, feeling comfortable when using their speed is the most crucial element to their success. Other Options: Ulf Dahlen: 8 weight, 3/4 skating, 3/4 shot, 4 sth, 3 pass, 4/3 aware, Shoots: L After Gagner, the depth really takes a sharp dip into mediocrity. Dahlen is a bit on the heavy side to be truly effective in a classic or GDL league, but he does have his moments because he has the speed and shooting ability to chip in offensively. If injuries spring up or penalties become an issue, Dahlen is a rare 4 speed on a team that is rather bereft speed wise after its top tier talent. Mike Craig: 6 weight, 3/3 skating, 3/3 shot, 4 sth, 2 pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: R Craig is a player without a true position, he lacks the passing and speed to be an effective wing, but lacks the sniping ability to be a center. He is a lighter option though who could man a 5th/6th forward spot effectively enough to warrant ice time in emergency situations. Brent Gilchrist: 6 weight, 4/3 skating, 3/2 shot, 4 sth, 3 pass, 2/2 aware, Shoots: L Gilchrist is a bit better fit as a winger as he has average puck moving skills and is a slightly better skater than Craig. The lack of awareness though is a little bothersome as he has a tendency to wander around. Fowards: 8.5/10 (Carried by the top tier depth) Defense: Dallas epitomizes league average defense as they have a couple of light weight, non-descript options that can get the job done more often than not. Johnson-Sjodin Jim Johnson: 7 weight, 2/3 skating, 2/1 shot, 3 sth, 4 pass, 2/4 aware, Shoots: L Although his skating feels a little clunky at times, Johnson is still a rather effective defenseman who brings an offensive element to his game by being able to distribute the puck with aplomb all over the ice. Johnson may not be a true light weight, but he has it where it counts in that he can handle a goal scoring slug in the middle with either a poke check or body check, versatility that shouldn’t go unappreciated. Although he is fairly good at staying in his own zone, he does have issues handling fast and light forwards because he doesn’t have the skating or checking ability to keep them under wraps. Tommy Sjodin: 6 weight, 4/3 skating, 4/1 shot, 3 sth & pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: R Steady as they come skill wise, Sjodin won’t be turning heads ideally. In fact, the less he is noticed, the better he is playing. Offensively, it can be a bit tempting to try incorporate his powerful shot, especially if the forwards are struggling, but his shot is more inaccurate than his weak accuracy rating would imply. Against a fleet footed or a light team, it’s best to keep Sjodin defensive minded as he is the better of the two defenders at slowing down and containing a transition rush which allows the Stars forwards to help on the back check. Not a particularly mobile or heavy hitting unit, they are still light enough to not be easily taken advantage with or without the puck. They do show flashes of offensive ability, but there is plenty of fire power up front to where their services shouldn’t be called upon unless the situation calls for it. Sjodin-Tinordi Mark Tinordi: 9 weight, 3/3 skating, 4/2 shot, 3 sth, 2 pass, 3/4 aware, Shoots: L When it comes to heavy defenseman that could be considered to start, Tinordi is among the bottom tier. It’s tough to figure what the bigger weakness is, the average skating, rotund weight, or abysmal passing. Typically if a heavy defender is iced, he needs either plus skating or passing, preferably both, Tinordi has neither. Tinordi’s strength lies in his shooting where for a defenseman, he has a very solid shot, but that lack of speed and inability to take a check is going to make his shooting ability a moot point in most games. Some users do use him, but it’s really tough for me to recommend as he brings nothing useful to the table. Sjodin might be in over his head trying to carry Tinordi here. It’s probably best to look elsewhere if Johnson is laboring around the ice too much, unfortunately though, there aren’t many other useful options which is why Tinordi gets consideration. Richard Matvichuk: 7 weight, 2/3 skating, 3/0 shot, 3 sth, 2 pass, 1/3 aware, Shoots: L If either Johnson or Sjodin gets hurt, this is probably the best place to turn as Matvichuk is a lesser version of Johnson. Matvichuk does hang back in his own zone typically and he is light enough to take out some heavier players and hopefully he can find a quick outlet to a far more talented player. He has received limited duty in the GDL and typically has garnered positive reviews. Craig Ludwig: 12 weight, 2/2 skating, 2/0 shot, 2 sth & pass, 1/3 aware, Shoots: L Obviously Ludwig isn’t an option as he is below average in every area, but he is a default sub when one of the two starting defenseman is in the box or hurt. If in a close or competitive game, bench Ludwig, he can’t hurt you there. Defense: 5.5/10 Goalie Zone: On the surface it looks like the Stars have nothing more than an average goaltending situation, in reality though, they have so much more than that. Jon Casey: 2 weight, 4/3 skating, 4/4 aware, 3 puck control, 2/2/3/4 save, Catches: L The save ratings look rather pathetic for a starting goalie, but he plays above and beyond those abilities in many instances. Where Casey’s strengths lie are in his weight and skating, he is a manual goalies dream because he can play mind games with the shooter as he is able to stop and go in his crease with great ease. In auto mode Casey has games where he can stand on his head and make some amazing saves that wouldn’t be expected. It isn’t entirely unreasonable to draft him a little earlier than some other goalies with similar overall ratings. Goalie: 7/10 Bottom Line: Dallas likely has the steepest learning curve among skilled teams in the game and can often times be pushed aside because of this. But in the hands of a skilled and patient user, they can be utterly devastating to play against. *It’s always sunny in Philadelphia reference.
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    St. Louis Blues

    St. Louis Blues Team Overview: One of the more overrated teams in the league, the Blues don’t have a single player on the roster that is free of a major weakness. The likes of Brett Hull, Brendan Shanahan, Nelson Emerson and Jeff Brown all have obvious deficiencies as players, but finding the right mix of these players with the other options on the bench can provide the Blues with a competitive line up that will frustrate opponents. Forwards: One main issue the Blues forwards are confronted with is a total lack of speed, which rules out using a one man slashing offense as an effective strategy. They also lack a masterful set up man and top tier sniper, making a traditional one –timer offense difficult to pull off. All that can be done is either submit to the weight bug strategy, or construct a jack of all trades line. Jack of All Trades: Shanahan-Hull-Emerson Brendan Shanahan: 10 weight 3/3 skating, 4/5 shot, 4 sth & pass, 5/4 aware, Shoots: R The fact that Shanahan has made the starting line up says more about the lack of skill on the bench then Shanahan himself. Lets not throw him completely under the bus though, in the right system, under the right circumstances, Shanahan can be a pleasant surprise as a scoring option from the off wing. He has 5 o aware, and will often times make a home in prime scoring areas along the wing leaving him wide open for easy one timers that he can convert with his 4/5 shot. What kills Shanahan though is his 10 weight and 3/3 skating, which makes him a weak puck carrier and defensive option, hopefully he provides enough offense to offset these flaws. Brett Hull: 9 weight, 4/4 skating, 6/3 shot, 5 sth, 3 pass, 5/3 aware, Shoots: R Due to the fact that the Blues don’t have a dangerous 1 on 1 forward, it becomes essential to put either Hull or Shanahan in the middle due to their shooting skills. But thanks to Hull’s 4/4 skating and 5 stick handle, he has some legitimate deke ability despite being saddled with 9 weight. Hull has some very high end offensive skills in his 5 o aware and his 6 shot power. One thing (aside from his weight) holds Hull back from being mentioned among the elite snipers, its his 3 shot acc. Because of that, Hull has very wild hot and cold streaks that can prove maddeningly frustrating and put the Blues in prolonged slumps on offense. Nelson Emerson: 4 weight, 4/4 skating, 3/3 shot, 4 sth, 3 pass, 4/3 aware, Shoots: R Aside from Emerson’s 4 weight and 4/4 skating, he is a rather ordinary option. Emerson has had some successful seasons but he has to be inserted into the right place. He is not a number one option due to his 3/3 shooting and 3 passing, he is a defensive specialist who can be pressed into playmaking duties when need be because of his ability to withstand punishment in the open ice. It is suggested that when the Blues are on the PK, that Emerson gets shifted over to the left in order to keep a defensive presence on the ice. The key to this line is letting Emerson carry the puck up the ice and finding the open option. He is merely competent on offense, but he is the best 1 on 1 option the team has. The problem with this though is if Emerson gets cut down deep in the offensive zone, the opponent can quickly counter attack on a team with no big hitting presence anywhere else on the ice. Finding the balance between creating with Emerson and keeping him available on defense is paramount. Bug Line: Bassen-Hull-Emerson Bob Bassen: 4 weight, 3/4 skating, 2/3 shot, 3 sth, 2 pass, 2/2 aware, Shoots: L Bassen is pure grit on the wing, at 4 weight and 3/4 skating, he provides more of the defensive tenacity that the Blues lack. The cost of having the extra defense is a huge drop off in offense from Shanahan. Unless your name is Kgman, then Bassen’s 2/3 shot and 2 o aware will make it a monumental task to light the lamp on a regular basis with Bassen. This is a faster line, more defensively conscious, but it takes the most consistent shooter off the ice. If Hull can pot 3 goals a game or so, then the extra defense added by Bassen to go along with Emerson makes it an intimidating line to go against. Other Options: Craig Janney: 7 weight, 4/3 skating, 3/4 shot, 4 sth & pass, 5/4 aware, Shoots: L Craig Janney is available off the bench, but he got shafted on his passing rating by receiving only a 4, couple that with lackluster 4/3 skating and you have player that possesses no unique skills to bring to either line and is better used as a depth option when injuries or penalties arise. Ron Sutter: 6 weight, 3/3 skating, 2/3 shot, 3 sth, 4 pass, 3/4 aware, Shoots: R A last resort option, Sutter brings some offensive acumen to the table that Bassen could only dream of having, but the downgrade in speed and checking power isn't really something St. Louis can afford to give up too much of. Forward Rating: (6/10) Defense: Aside from Jeff Brown, the Blues are truly expansion like along the blue line. A lack of mobility, skill, and checking leave the Blues with a below average defensive corps that has very few alternatives to make the situation better. Brown-Butcher Jeff Brown: 9 weight, 3/3 skating, 5/3 shot, 4 sth & pass, 4/4 aware, Shoots: R A rare combination of two right handed shooters that goes against the grain of my typical defensive philosophy. If Shanahan is inserted on the left, this leaves Brown, an offensive minded d-man as his backup. Typically I’d steer clear of such a combination, but there isn’t an attractive enough alternative to shift Brown over to his natural right side. Despite Brown’s plodding 3/3 speed, he does posses a 5/3 shot and 4 passing ability that make him a legitimate threat inside the opposing blue line. Garth Butcher: 9 weight, 2/3 skating, 2/1 shot, 3 sth & pass, 2/4 aware, Shoots: R Butcher provides nothing special on the right, hes a competent 4 d aware and possesses 2/3 skating which is as good as it gets for a 2nd option on this team. The main issue with Butcher is that he is a 9 weight, he isn’t very effective in covering for Brown when he goes on his offensive rushes and hes not much of a puck handler in his own zone. Other Options: Doug Crossman: 7 weight, 2/2 skating, 2/3 shot, 2 sth, 3 pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: L A rather unappealing option off the bench, Crossman gives a slight weight advantage over Butcher, with neither being particularly skilled, this may be enough to warrant icing Crossman. Curt Giles: 5 weight, 3/2 skating, 1/0 shot, 2 sth, 1 pass, 1/3 aware, Shoots: L Despite appearing like a checking beast, Giles offensive skills are among the worst in the game. He could be playing a LOT of defense. Defense Rating: (4/10) Goalie Zone: Curtis Joseph: 6 weight, 4/4 skating, 4 puck control, 3/3/4/4 save There is a lot to like about Joseph, 4/4 speed, 6 weight, 4 puck control. It all looks pretty good until his save ratings are considered, 3/3/4/4 is fairly average for a goalie with a top 5 overall rating. More often than not, Joseph has surprisingly occupied the bottom levels of the goalie leader board in the stat keeping leagues around the community. Goalie Rating: (5/10) The Final Word: The problem with St. Louis is that they don’t truly excel in any one area, that problem is further compounded by the fact that Blues do have some legitimate weaknesses (speed, skating, defense). Quite simply a choice must be made, picking a line built around precision offense or defensive tenacity.
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    St. Louis Blues

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    Fall'18 GENS Team Selection Draft

    Buffalo
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    NHL Hockey (94) DOS Solitaire League

    The San Jose Sharks have capped off their successful season with a 16-0 playoff run to complete the year with a combined 99-1-0 record. All of the games in the playoffs were blowouts except for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Islanders. The Isles took a 2-0 lead into the final two minutes of the third period against the Sharks 4th line. Pat Falloon came to save the day as he was subbed in for the injured Robin Bawa. He set up David Maley to make it a 2-1 Isles lead with 1:40 left and then later scored the tying goal himself with just 50 seconds. Before the regulation ended, Falloon was knocked out of the game which put the Sharks on the PP moving into overtime. It only took a mere 29 seconds for defensive defensemen Neil Wilkinson to scoop up a puck in the neutral zone, dash off for a breakaway and pot the Stanley Cup Winning goal with a beautiful deke. I had a good bit of fun with this version of the game, it certainly has it's charm and is a somewhat challenging game. But there are still some holes in the AI here and the challenge is only slightly greater than GENS in the end. Tis a shame I missed out on the bobble head by a game as I don't think I'd attack another season with the same vigor as this one.
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    NHL Hockey (94) DOS Solitaire League

    My first season is over! The San Jose Sharks pulled off an 83-1-0 season finishing with a 74 game winning streak after losing in St. Louis back in October. Impressive as that may be, the loss ruins a run at the Gordie Howe bobble head. Line 4 did a some serious work out there as I expected. Mark Pederson took over the team lead in points despite dragging the corpse of David Maley with him. Maley certainly made things very tough as his lack of ability nearly lost the Sharks a couple of games. Late in the season the Flames had a 2-1 3rd period lead before Pederson tied the game to send it overtime and then followed it up with the game winner just 30 seconds into the extra frame. Line 1: 107 GF - 17 GA Line 2: 129 GF - 20 GA Line 3: 115 GF - 13 GA Line 4: 128 GF - 20 GA A very even performance from all the lines, I suspect Line 1 would have a much better performance now that I'm familiar with the game and I will be saving them for the most difficult playoff match up. I'll just leave other stats down below as I know at the very least coach will be interested in all of this.
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    Toronto Maple Leafs

    Toronto Maple Leafs Team Overview: An often overlooked team, Toronto doesn’t catch the eye of most people due to their lack of an elite speedster, bone crushing d-man, or stone wall goaltender. What they do have though, is a top 10 forward with a serious mean streak, some slick wingers, a couple of booming slap shots, and a very competent goaltender that when all put together, creates a nice little squad. Forwards: The forward unit here has a handful of very useful options at the disposal of the user. None is more important than Doug Gilmour of course, he will be the centerpiece of any line created and should be a major force offensively and defensively. The last four options are Nikolai Borshevsky, Glenn Anderson, John Cullen, and Wendell Clark. None of these players are necessarily better than any of the others, which makes user preferences all the more important when constructing a line. Triple Threat: Borshevsky-Gilmour-Clark Nikolai Borshevsky: 6 weight, 4/4 skating, 3/4 shot, 4 sth & pass, 4/2 aware, Shoots: L While not spectacular, Borshevsky is a solid support guy on the left. Possessing a respectable 3/4 shot, he is better used on the left where he can use his 4/4 skating and 4 passing to distribute the puck to Gilmour lying in wait in the slot or to deke an unsuspecting goalie. Borshevsky is no slouch on defense either, at 6 weight, he can effectively throw his weight around on the fore check to create turnovers and hopefully create an easy scoring chance. Doug Gilmour: 4 weight, 5/4 skating, 4/4 shot, 4 sth & pass, 5/5 aware, Shoots: L “Killer” is one of my most favorite players in the entire game because he can do it all. 5/4 skating, 5/5 aware, 4/4 shot, 4 pass, stick handle, and weight. No one is quite as balanced as Gilmour, he can play wing just as effectively as the middle and he will be a force all over the ice. His user friendly 5/4 skating means he will be fast enough to run down anyone, but no so fast that he is difficult to control in tight spaces. On offense, Gilmour is equally adept at one timers as he is slashing through another teams defense. The only negative Gilmour has is his penchant for taking penalties, lots of penalties, using him with discretion is advised. Wendel Clark: 8 weight, 3/3 skating, 5/3 shot, 4 sth & pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: L While I’m typically not a fan of plodding (3/3 skating), heavy (8 weight), and inaccurate power shooters (5/3 shot), there isn’t a much better place for a Wendel Clark to be inserted into a lineup. Clark, a left handed shot, is best suited on the right wing so he can unleash his cannon like slapper to rip twine and smash glass alike. While he may a bit on the hefty side, Clark can effectively dish the puck with his 4 passing to help keep the offensive breakout alive. Clark’s main weakness though is his defense, he isn’t going to lay many people out or run them down to apply the poke check, this problem is further compounded by the fact that Ellett is the ideal right defenseman, which leaves two heavy offensive minded players on the right. Every player on this line is a threat to score, which makes focusing the defense on Gilmour a bit risky for the opposing player. The issue here though is if Gilmour can help a defensively porous right side, if he can, then this line is in really good shape. Slow but Steady: Cullen-Gilmour-Borshevsky John Cullen: 7 weight, 4/3 skating, 3/4 shot, 4 sth & pass, 4/3 aware, Shoots: R Something about Cullen makes this line really click. A lot of users can get really carried away with Gilmour and just try to play smash mouth hockey every time up the ice. Giving the puck to Cullen, can throw a massive change up into that game plan and keep the defense guessing a whole lot more. Cullen posses 4/3 skating, he is very nimble in close quarters, he can pull off a multitude of dekes, including being surprisingly adept at the backhand floater and he can finish those dekes off with his respectable 3/4 shot. Also, another thing to love about Cullen is that he can slow the pace of the game down to a crawl, which is perfect to Toronto’s typically frantic offensive pace. With his 4 passing, Cullen is very adept at feeding Gilmour or Borshevsky premium passes for easy scoring chances. While Cullen may be a bit of a middle weight (7 rating), he is resilient to far more players than Clark because of the amount of 6 weight players in the game. Cullen can handle a check from Joe Sakic, Clark cant. Other Options: Glenn Anderson: 7 weight, 4/4 skating, 3/3 shot, 4 sth & pass, 4/3 aware, Shoots: L Glenn Anderson is another perfectly acceptable player on this line in place of Cullen, at 4/4 speed Anderson is the better skater, but with that trade comes a less accurate 3/3 shot. The reason though that I prefer Cullen over Anderson though is Cullen is a bigger change of pace, with all the forwards going the same speed, it can be a bit easier for a defense to hone in and time their body and poke checks. Mike Krushelski: 9 weight, 3/3 skating, 2/4 shot, 3 sth, 2 pass, 3/4 aware, Shoots: L Being Gilmour's default sub, Krushelski could see a lot of playing time if Killer looses his cool out there. It would probably be best though to put a sub in since Mike is a plodding heavyweight who wont take advantage of too many short handed situations. Forward Rating: (7.5/10) Defense: While not in possession of a de facto stud on the back line, the Leafs do have a respectable enough trio of defenseman in Dave Ellett, Todd Gill, and Jamie Macoun to allow user’s to play a solid defensive game. Gill-Ellett Dave Ellett: 9 weight, 4/4 skating, 5/1 shot, 4 sth & pass, 3/4 aware, Shoots: L This is the more preferred pairing league wide, and with good reason. Ellett, although heavy with his 9 weight, is a solid d-man. 4/4 skating, 4 passing and a blistering 5/1 shot allow this left handed defenseman ample chance to unleash his howitzer whether it be off the rush or an offensive zone face-off. While not among the elite, Ellett is a very good option to have and is a must for any Toronto defensive pairing. Todd Gill: 6 weight, 3/3 skating, 2/2 shot, 2 sth & pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: L What he lacks in skills, Gill more than makes up for hit in hitting ability. While being woeful with the puck in all categories (2 across the board), his 6 weight, 3/3 skating and 4 checking allow Gill to not only be a hitting presence with user control, his computer AI also will put him into rampage mode as he is liable to lay anyone out in the defensive zone. Macoun-Ellett Jamie Macoun: 8 weight, 3/3 skating, 4/1 shot, 3 sth, 4 pass, 2/4 aware, Shoots: L Macoun is a solid sub, he is a far more gifted player than Gill, with his 4/1 shooting and 4 passing. But at 8 weight, he is more of the same mold of an Ellett, just slower 3/3 skating. If you don’t mind a bit more heft in order to get premium puck moving ability from the backend, then Macoun is a very solid option. Other Option: Dmitri Mironov: 7 weight, 3/2 skating, 3/2 shot, 3 sth & pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: L A default sub, Mironov is a pretty steady defenseman. Just don't try and get into too many foot races with him and he should be able to hold his own in spurts. Defense Rating: (7/10) Goalie Zone: Felix Potvin: 6 weight, 4/4 skating, 4 puck control, 4/4/4/4 save, Glove: L Potvin is always in the debate among top 5 goalies in the league, his 6 weight allows him to be nimble, but also be fairly resiliant to the ram tactic. With 4 and 5 ratings across the board, Potvin will typically play a fairly consistent brand of hockey that may steal a game on his own from time to time. Daren Puppa: 9 weight, 3/4 skating, 2 puck control, 2/2/3/3, Catches: R While Puppa may not see much time in classic with the Leafs, he is a 1A-1B option in the GDL. Puppa is a bit tricky to get a good game out of though. With such lackluster save ratings its really important to get his body in front of the puck, his clumsy skating and wretched rebound control do not aid him in this battle. Goalie Rating: (8/10) Bottom Line: I’m really very surprised that Toronto doesn’t get selected in more leagues, they are solid in all areas. Perhaps they just aren’t sexy enough because they don’t possess the ultimate speedster, pure sniper, or bone crushing d-man. Don’t let that fool you though the next time you play with them.
  11. angryjay93

    NHL Hockey (94) DOS Solitaire League

    Lots of smoke outside in California, thus lots of 94 indoors today. The third line killed it as they also obtained a perfect 21-0-0 record. They made up for a lack of speed and shooting acumen with in close one timers and a crash the net play style. They faced only a couple of tough games, a 2-1 home game against Winnipeg and an overtime game in Edmonton that ended 2-1. That was the Sharks first OT game this year. The defense even chipped in, More and Zettler couldn't match Wilson's 13 goals but they did pot a surprising 12 goals and finished with a surprising 50 points, the highest combined total for any pairing. Next up is Line 4 which isn't a big step down from lLine 3 although Center Dave Maley is one of the lowest rated players in the game. Pederson-Maley-Bawa Ozolinsh-Wilkinson Irbe Irbe is the best goalie on the team by far, I have my number one D corps and I have a bit more shooting skill on this line than I did with Line 3. I'm expecting a 21-0-0 performance here as well, thus leaving that Line 1 loss in St. Louis a very grave mistake.
  12. angryjay93

    NHL Hockey (94) DOS Solitaire League

    Line 2 just kept things rolling by going 21-0-0 despite the defense not being quite as stout with Doug Zmolek and Brian Hayward committing their share of mistakes. On the other hand, the offense was just too much for almost every team to handle as Rob Gaudreau found his groove early and rode it the entire time. I have a really good feel for my dekes now, it became evident by the end of the Line 1 schedule but it just became a staple in the offense for Line 2. John Carter and Dean Evason lagged behind a bit but they still did a lot of work on offense and did a great job of getting the puck to Gaudreau. Doug Wilson led the D with a lot of ice long rushes and a few blasts from the point, he seemed very young and spry as the wind blew through his hair. I don't have any of the scores but Line 2 did face some stiff competition (Van x5, Mtl & Wpg x2, Min, Pit, Phi). Line 3 gets a bit of a gimmie to start their journey with an away game at Ottawa, the catch is that is the first of a 9 game road trip that runs them all over the east coast. Speaking of that third line... Courtenay-Sullivan-Odgers Zettler-More Hackett I'm a lot more optimistic after how Line 2 fared but I envision a few tough games as none of these guys are as capable of a scorer as Gaudreau. It's a slow unit with not much in terms of offensive talent, I also surely won't be getting 13 goals from either of my defensemen. I''d be surprised if I got 13 combined to be real. I'm still having a lot of fun, but now that I have a better feel for scoring, I'm more easily able to offset a few fluky goals allowed by my shoddy goaltenders.
  13. angryjay93

    NHL Hockey (DOS)

    Oh, I forgot this hidden goody. Push the tab button and all the players will have the jersey number displayed. Push tab again to turn it off.
  14. angryjay93

    NHL Hockey (DOS)

    You can do a hook/hold on defense by pushing B and C together on your gens controller. Also escape is the pause menu.
  15. angryjay93

    NHL Hockey (94) DOS Solitaire League

    Just a quick recap as I'll save the more detailed update for the half way mark. 20-1-0 with line 1. I had a handful of close games but I ended strong with my 5 game home stand where I ran 4 starting goalies off to the bench including Potvin, and Belfour. Line 2 will be a true test as it composes some of the lesser talent on the roster. Carter-Evason-Gaudreau Zmolek-Wilson Hayward Hope I have some easy teams to square off against.
  16. angryjay93

    NHL Hockey (94) DOS Solitaire League

    This game is definitely pretty awesome. I noticed the backup goalie thing too when I chased Vernon in the 1st period. I also got to go against jablonski when I faced Tampa so maybe he is the starter? Some of the player ratings are different from console version. For instance, go check out Joe nieuwendyk, he is a monster in the PC version. Also, I noticed a lot of the scratches who aren't on the console version have some really strong ratings. Ray Whitney is a scratch with ratings make him arguably the best sharks player. It's kind of a bummer that the scratches got way over juiced. I should make some more progress on Friday and I'll post that once I have it with more observations.
  17. angryjay93

    NHL Hockey (94) DOS Solitaire League

    Took my first L in St. Louis to the tune of 3-2. I ran into serious penalty trouble and fell victim to a few fluky goals. Pat Falloon had about 5 minutes of ice time despite taking no penalties. I'll have to wrap up line 1 later on but i think i should go 20-1 barring another game with bad luck. After spending a lot of time with line 2 players in STL and then having to deal with John Carter at LW once Garpenlov got hurt at Joe Louis, I have less optimism for success. These players are really bad and I would predict a few 0-0 games. Lines 3 and 4 will be more of a battle for .500. Thankfully Irbe is my best goalie but he is my 3rd stringer. Pretty fun game that while not super challenging, is definitely a step up from GENS or SNES.
  18. angryjay93

    NHL Hockey (94) DOS Solitaire League

    So far so good at 5-0-0. I'm noticing some of the tactics to score in Gens are pretty close to PC. I've had some close games and I suspect that my 3rd and 4th lines will cause me a lot of problems. Especially since Berezan is a scratch.
  19. angryjay93

    NHL Hockey (94) DOS Solitaire League

    What are the default lines for the sharks?
  20. angryjay93

    Detroit Red Wings

    Detroit Red Wings Team Overview: Detroit can easily be considered one of the best teams in the game due to a dynamic offense which includes the likes of Steve Yzerman, Dino Ciccarelli and Sergei Fedorov who can always keep a user in a game. Couple this with a solid defense and average goaltender, Detroit can make inexperienced users dangerous and a masterful player deadly. Forwards: Most teams are lucky to have one definitive top guy and a couple of nice supporting pieces. Not Detroit though, their top 3 forwards are among the top 25 in the game, with Yzerman and Ciccarelli being in the top 10. The unit can do it all, skate, score, pass, check, deke, and so on, this is an elite trio. The Greatest Show on Ice: Ciccarelli-Yzerman-Fedorov Dino Ciccarelli: 5 weight, 5/4 skating, 5/5 shot, 5 sth, 4 pass, 4/2 aware, Shoots: R Typically the top shooter goes into the middle for one timing reasons, Yzerman takes the cake there. Ciccarelli is the ultimate dead eye possessing a rare right handed 5/5 shot, combine this with 5/4 skating, 5 stick handling, 4 passing, and 5 weight and it becomes obvious why he is a top 10 forward. Ciccarelli is deadly carrying the puck up the ice because he is a slick moving check absorbing machine, then when in the offensive zone, he can release a laser beam at the net or set up a one timer. The only weakness Ciccarelli has is his 4 off awareness, when playing center he doesn't set up as well as some other guys in the league and he tends to miss the net a bit more often than other 5 accuracy guys, I suspect it may have to do with his awareness. Steve Yzerman: 6 weight, 6/5 skating, 4/5 shot, 5 sth & pass, 6/4 aware, Shoots: R After Roenick, Yzerman is in the discussion along with Bure, Selanne, and Mogilny for the second best player in the game. If you ask me, Yzerman is the second best, with 6/5 speed and 6 weight, Yzerman is equally adept at destroying a team 1 on 1 as he is at sniping one-timers all day long because of his 6 off awareness and 4/5 right handed shot. Add in 5 passing and stick handling, Yzerman has no problems being able to facilitate the offense to other members of the team when he is converged upon. Yzerman is also incredible on defense thanks to his speed and light weight, he can really cause havoc on the fore check on a heavier team and play lock down defense in his own zone Sergei Fedorov: 7 weight, 5/4 skating, 4/4 shot, 5 sth & pass, 4/4 aware, Shoots: L When Sergei Fedorov is the worst forward on a line, that line is truly special. Fedorov is great at setting up one timers, with 5 passing, 5 stick handling, and 5/4 skating Fedorov can dance around in tight spaces and send darts all over the ice to set up his teammates for easy opportunities. Fedorov's shot also needs respect, with a 4/4 left handed shot; he can easily score on his own one-timer chances as well as slap and float the puck with consistency. The only issue with Fedorov is that he is a middleweight coming in at a 7, this obviously isn't crippling, but it does limit his effectiveness on defense when playing a very light team. This is such a dirty line, it can adapt to any play style on offense, it can cause havoc on the fore check and provide a devastating back check. All 3 are plus skaters (better than 4/4), all 3 can pass, all 3 can utilize the half slap to catch goalies off guard, and the list goes on and on. I love the Los Angeles line of Gretzky-Sandstrom-Robitaille, but this line trumps that one. This is the one occasion where another line suggestion isn't necessary because this is a line that should be used 99% of the time, so here is a list of useful substitutes for just in case situations. Dallas Drake: 4 weight, 4/4 skating, 3/3 shooting, 3 sth, 3 pass, 3 o aware, Shoots: Left Are you facing a light weight team that keeps knocking your guys on their ass (especially Fedorov)? Then this is the guy to take over on the right wing, at 4 weight Drake can withstand almost any open ice body check and he can really lay the lumber on the other team. He is great in on the fore check or even in his own zone due to his 4 d awareness. Where Drake will hurt the team though is on offense, he is merely average and doesn't put away many of his chances. But with Ciccarelli and Yzerman, there should be enough fire power anyway. Paul Ysebaert: 7 weight, 4/4 skating, 3/4 shot, 4 sth, 4 pass, 4/4 awareness, Shoots: Left If an injury arises and an offensive option is needed, then Ysebaert is the best option available. Ysebaert has been used successfully in several GDL leagues thanks to Vocally Caged, he seems to always get the most out of this guy and turn him into a legitimate weapon. Think of Paul as a juiced up version of John Cullen, he will not be out of place at all on a line with any of the 2 of the big 3. Slava Kozlov: 5 weight, 4/3 skating, 3/3 shot, 3 sth, 3 pass, 2/2 aware, Shoots: Left Aside from the awareness, Kozlov is a lightweight with average skill; he always seems to get picked up in GDL drafts and is typically a solid bench option, keep him in mind if penalties and injuries arise. Forward Rating: (10/10) Defense: Although not as amazing as the forwards, the defense is still very respectable with the likes of Niklas Lidstrom, Yves Racine, Vlad Konstantinov, Mark Howe and Paul Coffey. Any combination of these 5 players should help minimize the chances given up and also give a little offensive flare, as if this team needed anymore. Lidstrom-Konstantinov Nick Lidstrom: 5 weight, 4/3 skating, 4/1 shot, 4 sth & pass, 3/4 aware, Shoots: L In the discussion for a top 5 defender, Lidstrom brings a lot to the table for a team that likes to push the pace on offense. Lidstrom's most coveted asset is his 5 weight, which makes him the second lightest and best hitting defenseman in the game. Throw in 3/4 awareness, 4 passing and stick handling and a 4/1 left handed shot and we have a guy who is capable of almost anything. Two problems though, while his 4/3 skating isn't bad, it's the only thing that holds him back from being even better on defense. Second problem is his lack of skating holds him back from really jumping into the play offensively and using his offensive skills, thus it is better just to let him sit back, and play a nice relaxed game from the back end. Vlad Konstantinov: 6 weight, 3/3 skating, 3/1 shot, 3 sth & pass, 2/4 aware, Shoots: L Any of the previously mentioned players are great partners for Lidstrom, but Vlad is the best because he is the most defensive minded, with 2/4 awareness, he doesn't get lost on offense and is pretty attentive on D in his own zone, throw in 6 weight, and 3/3 skating, and we have yet another decent lightweight option and with 3 passing, he shouldn't inhibit the up ice transition game to the forwards. This is a very solid duo; they can pass, hit, and even shoot a little bit. My only issue here is the lack of speed, with both being 3 speed, it can be really tough to run down a guy with 5+ speed who is trying to break loose from the red line, which makes it imperative to stay defensive minded with the pair. Like I just mentioned, Lidstrom is the mainstay, the other 4 can be thrown in due to user preference, here they are in a bit more detail. Paul Coffey: 9 weight, 6/5 skating, 4/1 shot, 6 sth, 5 pass, 4/3 aware, Shoots: Left For a truly offensive minded lineup, Coffey is the way to go, he's great at finding the open man, he can really skate in open ice and he has enough shot power to sneak a slapper by. The flip side of this though is a guy who is easily checked and is very tough to handle on defense due to his high speed and weight. I typically leave Coffey on the bench, his offense is very tantalizing, but he goes down very easily and he can kill the defense, when a team already has a ton of offense without him, he becomes less vital to success. Mark Howe: 6 weight, 3/3 skating, 3/1 shot, 3 sth, 3 pass, 3/4 aware, Shoots: Left Howe is good on the left side, he allows Lidstrom to play on the right and use his slap shot a bit more. Howe is very similar to Konstantinov, just left handed and with a tick more offensive flare. The downside to Howe though is he tends to get lost in his own zone and has a tendency to screen his own goalie, a major no-no. Yves Racine: 6 weight, 3/3 skating, 4/1 shot, 3 sth, 3 pass, 3/4 aware, Shoots: Left A mix of Howe and Lidstrom, Yves main asset over the others is his 4 shot power, if you really want that extra slap shot on the ice, then Yves is the guy to play on the right side, he's less attentive and useful on defense than Lidstrom, which makes him the better choice to go play offense a bit more. Defense: (8/10) Goalie Zone: Tim Cheveldae: 6 weight, 4/4 skating, 4 puck control, 4/3/4/4 save, Catches: L Tim Cheveldae is a fairly average goalie, if not a bit above average. I've ragged on him a lot on the past, but the truth of the matter is he is a nimble 4/4 skater with 6 weight. He is also a decent distributor of the puck with 4 passing; his only weakness is his 4/3/4/4 save ratings. My only beef with him is that he just isn't the all world stopper needed to close down the odd man rushes Detroit tends to give up. Goalie Rating: (6.5/10) Bottom Line: It's probably pretty obvious by now that Detroit is the best offensive team in the game, and any user should be competitive with them. What should be kept in mind though is that Detroit can struggle in matchups with strong defensive teams such as Chicago and Montreal because of their ability to stymie the offense with a big save and start the counter attack. Adjust your tactics/lineup accordingly if necessary.
  21. angryjay93

    Detroit Red Wings

  22. angryjay93

    Pixelated Heroes Available Now

    Pretty sweet that they have majors still. I remember it took until 96 on gens to get double minors and majors.
  23. angryjay93

    Home/Away Advantages Analysis

    I don't have EARE or any of the modding stuff to verify this so I'm hoping someone can help me out here. In the manual all the expansion teams beside SJ have a low home ice adv and a low road ice disadvantage (0/0). In Smoz's table he lists OTW, ANH, and FLA at Avg home and brutal road (1/3) with TB remaining at (0/0). What are the actual home/road ratings for OTW, ANH, FLA, & TB within the game presets?