So, half way through the season and what are people's thoughts? Personally I'm a bit suprised by how the offence has been so streaky.
A few numbers:
Our top scorer (Gomez) is on pace for 78 points
Our top goal scorer (Shanny) is on pace for 30 goals
Our best player (Jagr) is on pace for 72 points which is his lowest total since 94-95
Pop quiz: What do the following forwards have in common? Jagr, Straka, Gomez, Drury, Shanny?
Answer: they are the only 5 forwards who have more goals than Dawes! I realise that when he isn't scoring he's not doing much, but that is a damning statistic!!!!
Other thoughts..... Gomez has beeen great, Drury needs to lift, We're short a defensive D-man still, Tyutin needs to take it too the next level, one of Hollweg/Hossa should be gone.....
So yeah, what are your guys thoughts?
Sorry this is so disjointed but it's Friday night here and I just got home from after-work drinks.
we just need to get bigger period. They keep getting pushed around way to easily. The only players who aren't constantly being battered around easily are Jagr, Dubi, Hollweg, Betts, and Orr.
Our forwards and defensemen are too small and weak. We don't have anybody that can really clear the crease defensively and most of our forwards are under 6 ft. And out of those that are taller only really Dubi hits hard and can stand in front of the net.
Inconsistency like last year. I'm going to make a chart like last year again to show that.
But its from all parts of the team were as last year you could point to one or two things.
When half the things are going right, the other half goes the other way.
A few things i'd like to see improve over the second half:
Renney's firmness with the team
Lundqvist rebounding and getting into a game by game zone
Much better road play
Finishing teams, building on leads
Sticking with the gameplan
Dubinsky building on his recent play
We just need to go back to the defensive minded game. Lundqvist is in a slump but when he starts playing like the All Star that he is, all of our problems will go away. We could use a strong defensive in a trade for Malik. We also need to resign Lundqvist now so that we can trade away Montaya at the deadline.
Same exact record this year through 41 games as last year: 20-17-4
only 97 GF, last year 122
only 99 GA (plus 2 EN), last year 126
Top 5 scorers last year:
Jagr (16-37=53), Straka (18-28=46), Nylander (14-30=44), Shanny (23-19=42), Rozsival (4-17=21)
Top 5 this year:
Gomez (9-29=38), Jagr (11-25=36), Shanny (15-15=30), Drury (10-28=28), Rozsival (10-15-25)
Henrik last year: 16-11-2, 2.93GAA
Henrik this year: 18-14-3, 2.28GAA
Statistically we are better defensively but the lack of scoring has prevented us from winning more games. And one note about Jagr. Last year he was slowed by a recovering shoulder injury that "limited" him to only 16 goals and 53 points in the first half of the season. This year his 11 goals and 36 points have to be the lowest amount for the first half of a season in his career. We need a monster second half from him to be able to challenge for the division title. I believe we are better than the Devils and we've proven that in head to head matchups. But we have to be able to win more games at home and eventually need to win one or two games vs. the West. 0-5-1 vs. the West is pathetic. 4 games to go vs. them and I'd like to see us win all four!