You guys look like the 08-09 sens in your own zone. Lots of chips along the boards getting picked off, passes between the d and supporting forward going nowhere against heavy forechecking. Difficulty getting out.
You're missing Markov. Nobody on your D is providing a calming presence to settle things and start the rush.
Cole totally got it. A simple yet efficient way to get powerplays. He might not be a PP superstar but he could very well be a good PP generator if he continues to skate with that speed along the board.
Comparing Cole on the PP last year with this year is stupid anyway, his big frame wasn't as big of an asset to Hurricanes as it is to us. Because we lack in that department him on PP crashing the net becomes a lot more important than it was to CAR
What big bodies did Carolina put in front of the net on the PP, Skinner? Jokinen? Staal is the playmaker so it wasn't him. Corvo and Pitkanen were on the points.
This is ALL confidence, Its obvious that the lack of solid seasoned defensmen is hurting the habs in their own zone now. But preasure and confidence is a huge factor right now in their losing streak, and I guarantee that once some of the confidence comes back and the preasure is released, the wins will come. This hockey club IS NOT as bad as they look right now.
First of all, players and coaches will say that they don't read the papers or watch tv,... imposible. With the amount of media and social networking now available its highly unrealistic to assume a player doesn't read things about his team. And think of all the friends and family members they have who are obviously coming across articles, or hearing radio shows. It wears on players and makes them nervous, and second guess and all that. Its like that in everyday life, and its even more like that as a player for the canadians.
That aside, every team has losing streaks, even the big guys like detroit, like washington.. Don't you want ours to be at the start of the season??? Its early. A win will help a lot, and it's coming TONIGHT!
I'm only a spectator but until Weber's one timer sneaked through I watched with a feeling of helplessness as the Habs couldn't seem to get possession of the puck for any length of time. Was anyone noticeably bad? I'd say Hal Gill, although there were others who deserved a dishonorable mention.