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01-25-2013, 09:00 PM
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roseyc
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It's not panic by any means. But they are some alarming things that are going on. We are known for our bad starts for the last two years that I can remember. Trotz has always righted the ship. But with this shorten season and the offseason trials and tribulations; we don't have the time for big time loosing streaks. We have always been a team that lacks offense but last night we weren't even a threat. If Rinne does not play great or very good we have troubles. We could have won the first two games but Rinne has looked horrible in shootouts this year. The game against Columbus and St.Louis at home were just what the doctor ordered. But Rinne couldn't stop anyone on the shootout and Trotz starts his mad scientist thinking about who he picks as the shooters. Lucky to get 2 points. The Wild game looked like the Preds. Tight checking and wait for the mistake and Backstrom gave us one and Preds Win. The one thing Suter gave us was that him and Weber could shut a line down and Trotz would double shift them if they had to shut down two lines. Now that Suter is gone the defense will take some time before being of that calibur. Josi will be a good defenseman. How good that is still to be determind. That really hasn't been the problem. The offense can't find itself. You have 4 players who are playing lost. Fisher and Sk and Legwand and Smith. Maybe one player we could overcome but not 4 players. Legwand has his usual look lost and score in streaks with empty nets to keep him somewhat viable. Sk looks as if he doesn't won't to be here. Smith maybe is not ready to play with the big boys. Fisher just look terrible last night giving the puck away and playing terrible defense. This road trip can put us in a hole that we won't recover from or makes us better. Everyone is trying to figure how the schedule will effect teams. The things that can be fixed is Fisher and Legwand they can play better. Sk is alway an enigma. Smith may need to be sent down. But the real problem is Rinne he hasn't looked great and he has to for us to be a viable contender. If he is average then look to next year. If can regain his form then will pull out this but we failed to get a proven scorer. Instead of subtracting from our defense we didn't upgrade on our offense at all. Our offense has to be better since Suter is gone and until Josi can get experienced. We'll see.

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