It's a bad game. They happen. They need to not make it a habit like they did last year though.
Martin needs to stop playing roulette with the lines. Him going to panic mode when he didn't have to touch a damn thing is not a good sign. Just keep the lines stable and let them work themselves out of it. Gionta is off the schneid. maybe that'll help.
I just hope the beginning of the season was not a fluke. When you think about it, since Gomez doesn't care at all and he's playing around 20 minutes a game, when you got Camalleri and Gionta (he scored tonight tough) who are having alot of difficulty to create offense. When you got only one line who is producing, you will lose often and this is what is happening.
I mean since 4-5 games we sucked alot. Even yesterday we sucked (still managed to win thank you Price). I just hope Gomez would play for atleast 1/4 of his salaray, even as a 3rd liner he was bad.
Gionta finally scores (thank Heaven)... after getting off of the Gomez line.
Pouliot's best games of the year was last night... off the Gomez line.
The problem with the Gomez line is, well, Gomez.
Here's the thing: Gomez is too predictable.
He hardly ever shoots, and hence the opposition is always prepared for him to pass, and that means his wingers get covered more than they would be if Gomez shot the puck himself a bit.
Gomez needs to start taking more shots, if for no other reason than to keep the opposition honest.
Also, our defense is way too old, slow, and soft. This lineup badly needs some more jam on it, particularly on defense.
Gomez slows down when he enters the zone, which I really can't understand. He didn't used to. Now he enters the zone, skates towards the boards and stops, then looks for a pass. Ugh. So frustrating to watch. He drags down everyone he plays with because of it. Tonight it was AK's turn to have absolutely no chance of even coming close to a scoring opp.
I have no problem benching a guy to send a message. Sit him down next game, let Eller play in his place, and see what happens. Given the way Martin is throwing darts to make his lines, hard to imagine this option hasn't come up yet...