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11-28-2012, 12:43 PM
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BenchedGuy
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Originally Posted by KnightRanger View Post
Statistics for the most part don't lie. I agree their are pieces of the puzzle that could be addressed, but first and foremost is scoring! The Rangers have given up the 2nd least amount of goals in the entire CHL. But, are also very close to the bottom in the entire CHL in scoring!!! Defense and goaltending are not the problem. If the Rangers had 30 or so more goals this season much like the top teams in the Ohl, they would be at or near the top of the standings. They desparately need a 2nd line that can put the puck in the net and take some of the pressure of their big 3 to win hockey games. The longer they wait to make a move the lower they will finish in the standings and the tougher the 1st round opponent!

Plymouth came 2 points from winning the West last year and would not have had to face Kitchener in the 2nd round had they beat London for first overall. I'm not suggesting London would not have won last year anyhow, but it could have been a lot tougher on them had they had to go through Kitchener in Round 2, then Plymouth in Round 3!!! Who knows!
We all know that secondary scoring is the first concern. My opinion was what else was needed to compete with London especially after last nights game.

And for one of your points....stats do lie. Gibson and Frankie are making our defense look better than they really are. Dont get me wrong I like our D and their development so far but how many times does our D (Murphy, Iafrate....) take chances on the rush, turn it over and the goaltenders bail them out. It happens more than once. Also our D does a poor job at clearing out the crease. These things need to improve and you can not keep relying on the goaltenders all the time.

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