Update: Third Quarter Report
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02-11-2013, 11:04 AM
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This is the one that gets me. I know there have been injuries, lots of new guys and new combos, and no preseason, but I expected better play from the backend. We've all unloaded on how miserable the offensive output has been, but they're giving up far too many goal for even an average offense to overcome. No one in the west has given up more, and that has been my biggest disappointment.
While I agree it is disappointing, Pete, I think the goals against is largely attributable to (1) an offense that can't generate sustained pressure and (2) two poor goaltenders. This isn't a great defense, but it also isn't quite as bad as the numbers might suggest.
I think a bigger disappointment that I didn't mention above is the seeming lack of work ethic. To be "hard to play against" you have to play hard. For 60 minutes. This team routinely doesn't. This was supposed to be a lunch pail type of team and it is not showing. I suspect a lot of fans would have an easier time watching the team lose if they felt like they were giving it their all and I don't think, pre-season marketing aside, that most people feel that way.
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