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02-18-2013, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by GrigsAndGirgs View Post
The flip side is that Ennis and Foligno are starting to pick up their games and have looked much better offensively over the past few games.

The real problem is a lack of commitment to defense. That can be remedied without changing the lines's a system issue more than a personnel issue.
Its actually both and yes moving personel can have an impact.

We currently have no line that can handle or even attempt to handle playing against the top offensive lines of other teams. It leads to VHP and FES playing more than they should against strong offensive lines. While at the same time facing either a strong defensive pairing or a two way/defensive line. Its something a line like Vanek/Hodgson/Pommer can handle most nights but not Foligno/Ennis/Stafford.

Without a strong 3rd line as a two way option we are stuck with very bad match ups every night for our 2nd and 3rd lines.

And FES is not really heating up. They had one strong game -vs- Boston on 2/15 and thats about it in the last 5 games.

The last 5 games for those 3.

Ennis -----> 5gms 1g 3a 4pts -2 (2 of the 4 pts vs Boston 2/15)
Stafford --> 5gms 1g 3a 3pts +1 (2 of the 3pts -vs- Boston 2/15)
Foligno ---> 5gms 0g 1a 1pt -3 ( got that assist -vs- Boston 2/15)

Thats 5 of 8 pts from those three in that one game during that 5gm stretch.

Foligno has also been a minus 4 of the last 5gms. Ennis has been a minus player in 3 of last 5gms. Stafford 2 of 5.

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