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01-22-2012, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by moosehead81 View Post
With Kopitar as your first line center and Richards as the second, the team is as good as it gets there. Unfortunately, the supporting cast are a bunch of muckers and grinders with not a whole lot of skill (and even Richards would not be considered a "skill" type player in the range of a Kopitar but would still normally get you 60-70 points) and it's easy to see why the offense is generated from the blue line and the goals for average is a little over 2 (and falling). This creates a very passive game with little high tempo, although they do try an up-tempo at times. Quick must be just beside himself with the lack of scoring support but realistically, I don't see much changing this year. No-one is going to provide a couple of top 6 wingers who can generate good offence for nothing. Gagne was supposed to be a help there but I think he's probably a wash at this point.

The sooner we admit this to ourselves the better. We have a very good team, defensively and in goal we're amazing. Up front we're awful, we just don't have the wingers to make a serious run in the PO's. DL can add help at the deadline but IMO there is no way we fix our offense this season, even if we miraculously added Parise, he alone wouldn't fix our struggles. We just have too many craig johnson wingers, good at one thing so they remain relevant but that one thing is not scoring goals or maintaining O zone time.

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