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01-28-2013, 04:26 PM
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eco's bones
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Personally (and it's early--so maybe this is premature) I don't think this team has as much attitude as last year's team--which isn't to say that Nash and Pyatt haven't been very good additions but losing Prust just for one has taken away some of this team's do or die spirit and that is not always easily replaceable. Prust made other teams answer for any liberties they took against his team.

Another problem--not so much the 4th liners is secondary scoring. Nash only has one goal so far but he's been apparent in every game and it's only a matter of time before he starts lighting more lamps. OTOH Callahan, Stepan, Boyle, Hagelin are not only not scoring much--they're not getting that many good chances. Offensively speaking they have been more invisible than visible. They're all capable of more and if this team is going to be a real contender they are going to have to produce more. It's early yet--still players have to find roles and some roles are much different than others. There are other variables than just talent. A mixture of different elements go into making a really good hockey team. I'm not altogether convinced right now that this is a really good hockey team.

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