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10-25-2013, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by randomrob7 View Post
Yea, I can agree with that. Matching our top line with theirs isn't the smartest thing to do when playing teams like Pittsburgh and Washington. That being said, we still need a better work ethic. A coach who embraces our offensive line-up will only take us so far.
But if he used out top offensive guys against weaker lines maybe we could have taken more control of the game.

We need to be doing that, because right now our kids aren't strong enough to go toe to toe. We need to hit their weaker lines with everything we can throw at them. Pile the shots on, tire the goalie out, make the other team play on their heels. Instead of going toe to toe getting beat and giving up quality chances.

That's what we were doing last year and it worked, we improved. Krueger got that team out of last place flittered with the playoffs but cooled off. He should not have been fired, maybe have Eakins come in as an assistant to see what happens. But the first coach to get us out of the bottom 2 spots in 3 years did not deserve to be fired.

Eakins style works in the AHL, because those players aren't as skilled, and swarming the puck carrier will lead to mistakes amongst less competent players. At the NHL it's clear it's not working. Whatever Krueger was doing is better than what Eakins is doing now. We went from 29th to 23rd with Krueger, our team is improved. Better third line center, more serviceable defensemen who knows what our powerplay would be doing with a healthy Nuge and whatever plan Krueger was using.

Our powerplay was clicking, our penalty kill was humming along. So it's not the team on that front it's the coaching staff.

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