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02-03-2013, 08:56 AM
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It's not just those two, our 2nd and 3rd lines aren't contributing at all.
Ennis - 5 points, but only two of those came from even strength with his line. he has two powerplay points and one ES point came from a Vanek assist.
Stafford - 3 points, only 2 points from ES line, 0 goals
Foligno - 5 points, only 2 points came from ES with his actual line he played with for the game
Grigorenko - 2 points
Jochen Hecht - 1 point
Steve Ott - 2 points, only 1 with ES line
It's because Ennis-Stafford are being used improperly. FES tore **** up at the end of last season because they were getting a high amount of O-zone starts and were playing a lot against weaker competition. That's changed this year.
Of forwards, only Kaleta has a lower percentage of offensive-zone starts than Ennis. Ponder that for a moment. He's starting just less than half of his non-neutral zone starts in the offensive end, and he's 4th in QualComp behind Foligno, Kaleta, and Stafford. Ennis is being deployed as an effective two-way forward would. He's not that. He's an excellent one-way offensive forward.
Ditto for Stafford, though he's a much better two-way player than Ennis. Lower percentage of O-zone starts and playing a higher quality of competition = lower scoring. That said, Drew's vital signs aren't bad. He's finishing more shifts in the O-zone than he starts, and he's on a bit of a cold streak with his shooting right now: 0-for-22. His possession game is quality, too, given that he has a good Relative Corsi and a very good Corsi Relative to Quality of Competition. As is often the case, looking at the scoresheet only gives you a small piece of the picture.
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