NAS@CHI 1/16/11 6PM CST The "Do it again" edition
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01-17-2011, 10:36 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Lavergne, TN
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He's out on the pk because we don't have anything better. You said earlier he plays a physical game that I don't see that at all. He's a pure and simple a puck mover. Since most coaches move their top lines away from Suter and Weber; Klein gets caught in the cross fire and his mistakes are many and most of his mistakes wind up in the back of the net. He's not as good as Hamhuis was but Hamhuis wasn't as good as he got paid. He's a good second pair with a good partner which he doesn't have. Time will be his biggest assest because he has talent for a non contact defenseman. He needs some of what the cube and Sob bring...a mean streak. Bouillion and O'Brien aren't second pair material. They have their limits. But what they do and give us is really good. We are one solid defenseman from being an elite defensive team.
I hate to break it to you but we are an elite defensive team. We give up the least goals per game or are top 3 in that category. For a team that is starved offensively, we have to rely on defense and we do just that. If you look at our numbers versus those of Vancouver's, the big difference is that they score about a goal more a game than us. Pretty impressive to have the record we do with as little as offense as we generate.
If we don't have anything better on the PK why is Klein used against the other teams number 1 PP unit? Also, as good as Weber and Suter are, a lot of times Trotz uses Klein and Bouillon against the other teams top line. It just depends on match ups and the team we're playing. Also, many teams have two good lines, ala Chicago so Weber and Suter can't always be out there so Klein and Bouillon are.
Klein's mistakes are sometimes his and sometimes his partners. Plenty of guys on this team make mistakes. If you or anyone, including myself, key on anyone player, we can rip their games apart. Is Klein as bad as you say, probably not. I would ask you this, count the amount of plays he's involved in tomorrow night. Count how many times the puck goes in the net versus how many times it doesn't. Count how many times he's part of us scoring or us getting scored on.
All things being equal, he and Hamhuis should've made a great second pairing for us. I think their skills complimented each others but for some reason, they didn't click. I would love to see us acquire a veteran d-man that could play with him on the second pairing and improve our depth on the blue line. I just don't know who it could or would be. Like I said, I'd be up for hearing any suggestions you may have on the matter. It's not like top 4 guys grow on trees.
All in all, I think our d is as good as I've seen it in years. Yeah, we had a bad game last night but for the most part, we have been keeping teams to 2 goals or less the last 10 games or so. If we do that 9 games out of 10, we're gonna do just fine.
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