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10-15-2013, 01:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Oiltankjob 4 93 64 View Post
We are 1-4-1 and goal scoring is not a problem we have 9 players on pace for over 55 points. its goaltending and defensive play that are killing us.
My issue is the lack of consistency. Goaltenders have to stop pucks, yes, and offensive forwards have to score goals consistently. Hall, Eberle, and Hemsky make more money combined than our entire defensive corps. They're well paid for their production, yet they're completely nonexistent some games.

When you score two goals or less in a game, you are probably not going to win. It has happened in 3 of 6 games so far this season. That has to improve to develop a winning record. It's just reality.

I think the kids are capable and talented--perhaps we're overrating them because they're ours--but they're not scoring consistently, which is a current issue for us. Young players tend to be inconsistent, sure, but this whole team needs to buck up and play every night, if it intends to make the playoffs. Your best players have to be your best players.

It's not as obvious as a goaltender not stopping pucks consistently, for sure, but it is important that everyone does their job night-in and night-out. You can't legitimately blame everything on the goaltenders all the time. LeBarbera wasn't the issue tonight.

Christ, the Flames don't have half the talent in their line up that the Oilers do, but at least they show up every night and play as a team.

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