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01-23-2013, 10:26 AM
adam graves
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Originally Posted by Haj View Post
The problem right now isn't the 3rd and 4th lines.

Its the first and second. They are playing too soft and too cute with the puck and terrible defensively.

Everything is bad right now, but it all starts with puck retrieval and then breaking out. If those are sloppy, you get turnovers. You can't even worry about how ****** we are in the offensive zone or turning it over in the neutral zone until you fix those two things.

Obviously the team is not as bad as the last two games.They also aren't as good as period 1 against Carolina.

Missing Goc and Bergenheim really hurt this team. Goc(best faceoff man) led the team in defensive zone starts yet produced a lot of shots on goal, which meant his line was responsible for zone changes. Bergenheim plays a simple physical game, chips the puck in retrieves. He is also a net presence.
I posted this earlier ...just like last year Goc is only noticed when Hes NOT there. Such an important faceoff and stabalizing factor.

Three games is too early too panic. When we lose home games, when we give up leads etc, these are signs to panic. Yesterday was what i call a wolf game...where the home team on rest is playing a team on their 2nd of back to back. Great games to bet on Vegas.

Not making excuses, just not panicing....yet.

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