Thread: Wake-up Call
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03-22-2010, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by skilk View Post
I think the blocked shots differential is something that's killing us.
This is really part and parcel of TM's "just keep shooting the puck on net" startegy and points out, IMHO, the biggest shortcoming of McLellan - inability to adapt.

That strategy led to regular 40+ shot performances and offensive blowouts last season - but as the year went on, other teams adjusted and TM seemed unwilling/unable to adjust to other teams adjustments.

The Sharks became predictable.

This became painfully obvious against Anaheim. The Ducks were able to shutdown the Sharks Power Play (4 for 23) and then take physical liberty with little or no consequence. Yet, I saw no sign of TM making any adjustments.

Now, all TMs adjustments seemed to be borrowed from Ron Wilson's line change wheel of fortune rather than trying to get some stable set of lines to adjust their play and execution. It basically comes across as flailing.

The only scenerio that could work now, though, would be for DW to pull a LL and put himself completely on the spot - and face it, he already is. If this swoon continues and the Sharks go out in the first round, DW is as good as gone.

The players may have zoned out on TM and feel they have to accountability to TM - but that would likely change very quickly if their GM were staring at them on the bench.

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