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02-08-2013, 10:26 AM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Nashville, TN
Actually watching the games reveals that we're not doing a whole lot different offensively over the past two games compared to the first eight ... just the results are different. Wilson has generated the same chances all season, two of his assists were the direct result of 4th liners going to the net in conjunction with a Wilson shot ... again, something they've been doing all season. Klein's goal was a play he attempts several times per game ... the shot at the net from just above the circle on our right looking for a redirect or to generate a rebound. The Wilson PP goal last night was a play we try on just about every clean faceoff win with the man advantage ... win faceoff, pass to point, shoot from point, look for the rebound. Earlier in the season our results were below what could be expected from a few players based on what they were doing on the ice ... now we're getting far more than can be reasonably expected.
If we're doing the same things and the results are different, then one of two things is happening:
1) We're getting lucky (apparently your theory)
2) Our opponents are playing poorly (probably some truth to this, such as Quick not being his normal shutout self and Halak being injured)
However, I do see a big difference between the 4 games and the first 6. Starting against LA in LA, we finally woke up and decided we needed to play hard and aggressive to be successful. The first 6 games we sat back and tried to play defensive hockey. We were passive and soft. Now we're playing much harder and aggressive. That's likely going to result in more breaks the other way at some point, but Pekka is one of the best in the business at stopping a break when he has space.
You're certainly correct that our inability to clear the puck is a concern. We've got to improve in that area or things will go south.
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