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02-11-2013, 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by BadgersandBlues View Post
I think we can calm down a little bit. This team did go 6-1 to start the season. We played great when we were playing every night or every other night. Then all of a sudden we get like 1 game in 6 days and now we're playing like this.

A couple of thoughts. Elliott needs a rest, don't need to go more into that.

Cole is a solid player, and needs to play more. Some games he plays well, some games he doesn't. He didn't have the best game today, but you could tell he's battling hard. He shouldn't come out of the line-up in my opinion unless he takes a Russell-type dive off a cliff.

Wade Redden is not the answer. He has played -very- poorly outside of his first two games.

AP looks like hot garbage. He needs to take care of his own zone first before jumping into the play. He is now a -3 on the season. In his last 5 he's -3, +1, -2, -2, -2. Not what we need from our cornerstone franchise player. Someone needs to sit him down and explain to him that Shattenkirk is outplaying him by a country mile right now.

Oshie and Sobotka are the only two forwards that I think have played well in every game. Steen is playing better then I think a lot of people are giving him credit for. He's been part of the roulette wheel of line combo's recently, and I don't agree with that Hitch making that much change for him.

Which leads me to my next point. I think Hitch totally screwed the pooch changing things all around to "get players in." I understand needing to give players rest, especially at the beginning of the season. However, we're not playing 6 games in 9 days anymore. D'ags is a worthless player for us right now. He's plain bad defensively, and he's mediocre offensively. Schwartz played probably his best game as a pro last night, yet he's sitting.

I don't think we're going to be a lottery pick, especially with Halak coming back. I do think it's unfortunate that Elliott was the only option tonight, personally I don't think he played poorly at all. The 1st, 2nd, and 4th goals are not on him imo. Would have liked to see a save on the 3rd, but otherwise, we just didn't play well tonight overall.

Super frustrating, but we have to keep fighting.

Great post. I have faith that AP will pick it up, though.

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