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02-15-2013, 03:53 PM
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ToeMcDrag83
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Scoring is the sole reason we are not winning, plain and simple.

This team, on paper and on the ice, will win with their offence. I actually think the defence and goaltending have been sufficient to above average this year (I have removed Whitney from consideration to make those statements mildly valid).

Here is the problem:

Hall-RNH-Eberle

Games - 13
Scoring chances - Infinity
Goals - 6

Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky

Games - 13
Scoring chances - Respectable Amount
Goals - 14

The second line is not carrying the team with that offence, Nor should they be expected to. Just over 1 goal a game is very respectable for the production required from secondary scoring to win games. Assuming your first line is performing better.

If this team is going to win, that number for goals from the first line has to get in the range of 16-18 over approximately that number of games. That would put the team at 40 goals for overall, good for top 10 in the league. It's not only reasonable for this team to expect our offense to be top 10 in the league, it is required if we want to go anywhere. In other words, Hall-RNH-Eberle have to lead and carry this team, as unfortunate as that is for them at this age. I refuse to believe they're not good enough.

Who could've seen this coming? All these question marks before the season, not one of us anticipated our offensive output would be the main factor holding us back.

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