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Preds VS Sens....1/11/2014 ( My Birthday Game)
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01-12-2014, 06:22 AM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Spring Hill, TN
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That team was 10th in 5on5 goals scored. Again, the "never" hyperbole makes me laugh.
Hornqvist is a guy who scored over 20 goals per season for three consecutive seasons before last season and averaged above 20. Developing a top 6, a top 180 forward in the league, somehow doesn't include a guy in the top 120 in scoring for a stretch like that. We didn't develop Hartnell. Again, the word "never" fails to hold up.
Fixing it requires going back to basics and playing what used to be Predators hockey. We need solid team defense for all 60 minutes. We need an aggressive forecheck that forces the other team to make mistakes. We need smart passes in our defensive zone and to stop the blind sweeps and reverses to nobody (Ekholm's blind reversal tonight leading to a goal ... Weber's blind sweep in neutral ice leading to a goal by the Ducks for recent examples). We need net presence in the offensive zone and a willingness to get dirty goals. This team routinely shows it can play against anyone ... beating the Wings and Kings ... followed by a series of brain farts where it gives games to the opposition (Hutton's soft goals, Ekholm's turnover tonight, Maz and Hutton both sucking for a week seeing who could get pulled more often in December, etc). When our leaders step up and the team keeps its collective head in the game for all 60 minutes, they play good hockey. When we experience the mental lapses, we get hammered for them.
Are Hornqvist or Hartnell guys that took over games, carried teams, made plays by themselves to get a goal? They're both very good players but they are not great players, certainly not elite. Have either of them scored over 60 for us in a season? No. Patrick Sharp is a perfect example of a great top 6 player. Not elite but as solid as they come. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are another two that are great top 6 players. The fact that you can only come up with Hornqvist and Hartnell as your examples is pretty weak for a team that's been around 15 years any way you look at it.
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