He isn't using his line mates as well as last year. Slowly but surely it's reflecting in his confidence. I still haven't seen kovalev control the play like he did last year, but i think some credit has also got to be given to Pleks and Kostitsyn as they are also in a slump. I think once the whole line realizes they have to get back to using each other like last year, we will see more goals. Until then the line will strugle imo.
He's working very hard to Plekanec is throwing the puck everywhere without looking. He lost all confidence and hockey is a mental game. Ask any winger, when you're center is lost, all your line is lost. The line will bounce back, no worries.
kovalev is playing great. He's creating opportunities and has hit the post I don't know how many times. His line mates aren't helping either but it's not for lack of effort. He's playing just as well as he did last year and the points will start to come soon.
Plekanec is the main problem on that line right now, also the fact they never seem to give Andrei the puck is a clear problem, he is probably the 2nd best forward on our team *not named Kovalev* for puck posession, so giving him the puck and allowing him to break out with it will give us some other options that teams probably haven't keyed in on yet (they double on on Kovalev whenever given the opportunity)
To me, if this doesn't work, you have to try putting Tanguay with Plekanec & Kovalev, and put Andrei on the right side of Saku.. This way Tanguay is more effective in his natural position, and same for Andrei. It's glaringly obvious Andrei is ineffective at carrying the puck on the left side, he's LOST. When he starts a rush, he ALWAYS comes from the right side.
Because the difference between picking the corner and hitting the post is tiny. Just ask 06-07 Kovalev, who hit post after post. His shot didn't get that much more accurate in 07-08. I chalk up that part of his improved production to luck.
He was playing out of his mind last year, im sure he's still a bit tired and the mental isn't quite there yet. Give him 5 more games or so, and you will see his intensity level climb steadily. Either that or frustration.
I see what you mean lol. But it's just 9 games. And 6 points in 9 games is good. A lot of people are expecting more like, 20 points in 9 games for every player... That's just ridiculous. Kind of how I heard on rds that they should do something with lats and higgy, cause one has 2 passes in 5 games and the ther has nothing in 2 games... Truly pathetic. Point is, 6 points in 9 games is fine, we've seen kovy play well, and hit a few posts. Just wait till the steam machine has truly set it's rhythm, have pleks play with less bad luck, A.kost play a bit less shaky (might just be me, but I think he's afraid of getting hit, that's how I see him on ice, then again I didn't see the last game). Kovy is fine, and he'll be better as soon as his line mates kick in.
What does luck have to do with picking corners? Are you actually suggesting that "luck" adjusted his shot a half inch so the pucks went in instead of hitting the post?
Really? You can't be serious with this.
Are you putting luck in quotation marks because you don't believe it exists in hockey? Hockey is a chaotic sport, with tons of luck involved. Finding aberrations in shooting % is a tried and true method of isolating luck's influence.
Picking corners is part of Kovalev's game, it's the way he shoots. You never see him hit the goalie's chest. This can be an effective method, especially in situations like penalty shots, breakaways, situations where the shooter has a lot of time. In most actual game situations, it's a style of play that leaves a lot up to luck. Does he hit that perfect spot, or does his shot caroom off the post or miss the net, or clip the goalie's shoulder? Given a split second, the results will vary wildly.