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01-21-2013, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post
They are lacking a forecheck, not fighting skills. Rupp, Asham, Bickel and Pyatt are slow. That's the difference. If they aren't fighting they aren't doing much to force the issue. Need someone who can skate well and deliver some hits that keep the other teams heads up.
Rupp & Asham are 4th liners. You are right about them being a bit slow.
Was not a problem yesterday - but was against Boston (Asham was out). Not the traditional speed/energy injection we are used to on the 4th line. But I do not think Rupp has sucked at all really. Just not very noticable in limited time.
Pyatt has been better than most so far IMO. Not a speedster though.
Bickel, well yeah...
Forchecking has been bad so far.
On all the lines
Team seems totally unprepared for NHL play right now - except some of the players that were playing in Europe. Hank, Gaborik, staal and Richards particularly.

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