Thread: Pre-Game Talk: Kings @ Islanders; New Practice Lines
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02-18-2011, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by driller1 View Post
Mediocrity would be acceptable. Complete ineptitude is not. He had 1W and 8L last night vs NY. That's 11.1%.

You seriously think Lokti deserves to be out there in the 3rd period in a tie game taking defensive zone face-offs?

I like his offensive game as much as the next guy, but lets be real here. TM has a defense first philosophy and he's not going to put a C out there in crunch time who can't win a faceoff, especially in the defensive zone. Hence the comment about Zeus being on the same line to take the faceoffs.
He had a bad game in the circle. Stoll had a pretty bad night too winning less than 30%. But before the game Loktionov was fairly close to 50%. 22 won. 24 lost. That's decent enough to be called mediocre I'd say.

But, agreed, he shouldnt be out there taking key defensive face-offs late in the 3rd on a bad night.

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