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01-29-2013, 10:01 PM
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I don't perceive much of a mystery. The team is rebuilding and they have injuries on defensive end that, coupled with the defense's strengths/weaknesses, is compounding the problem. .

Last season they had an embarrassment of riches in their forward corps which offset the injuries on the defensive end. This season they still have a good young forward core but it isn't as deep and they're bound to have some growing pains as they add younger players. Jagr is gone, Hartnell is injured, and the accrued NHL games in the top-9 can't be very high.

If the defense was healthy, this wouldn't be an issue, but right now the only healthy puck mover is Kimo and he's almost 100 years old and has clearly lost a step. Grossman can shoot the puck, but he's not a traditional "puck mover" neither is Coburn or Schenn. You got 6 guys on defense and none of them are great at getting the puck out of the zone anymore. The team has to adapt it's playing style or it's going to be a long season.

The team clearly misses Carle (as much as he turned over the puck he got it out lot) and Meszaros (hopefully he can make it back, the guy is snakebitten).

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