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10-30-2009, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by nik jr View Post
i wonder how much of the bad starts to games is demoralization b/c the goalie has allowed too many goals.

it is really draining to have to come back, and to play without confidence in the goalie.

but on the other hand, team D has generally been weak at the start of games. goaltending is not the only reason for falling behind early.
I'm sure it's part of it and one feeds the other. Another part of it has to be that we just have so many new faces in the lineup. I'm still fine with going with the kids but maybe we didn't realize how hard the roster turnover would affect the team.

One thing I noticed last night was that when the Wings quit trying to be cute they got a whole lot more effective. Yeah, they found that seam up the middle of the Oil's coverage, but they also played a lot more just chip and get it. It's like they can put it together that they can be a skilled team while also taking the smart, simple play.

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