Thread: GDT: Lak@nsh 2/7/2013
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02-08-2013, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by wadesworld View Post
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.
The team had at least one 10-15 minute stretch where they'd control play and look good in all of the early games except the first one at St Louis where they pretty much were on their heels from the second they took the ice. Now we're getting an about 20-25 minute stretch. The thing is we're still on our heels for a good 15-20 minute stretch per game. We're not generating more quality chances than in earlier games .. we're just currently converting on them at an amazingly high rate which is not going to continue indefinitely. During the last two games opposing goalies combined for a whopping .727 sv% ... not gonna last for any protracted stretch.

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