Against most teams, we played poorly enough to lose the game...........I felt we were pretty badly outplayed, honestly...and I think a similar effort against Western Canada is going to spell three certain losses. I hate to be so pessimistic after a loss, but it's one of those ones that doesn't feel as good as it should.
Ya know what? It makes me feel really good that this is NMK's outlook. Considering these are the same statements he was making at the begining of the season and look where we are now.
all those penalties last night got me to looking at the number of minors we're taking;
minors for each defensivemen;
so basically, what that shows is that the smaller, quicker dmen are taking more penalties than the larger, more physical d-men so far... not exactly what i think most people thought when we were thinking about how the rule changes would cause the slower,bigger guys to take more penalties than the quicker guys..well maybe allison is showing it, but we're still seeing more penalties caused by lack of size/strength than i think anyone thought would happen
minors by forwards;
3)stevenson,hordichuk,smithson(19 games),upshall,kariya,sullivan..each with 11
you expect those from hartnell,stevenson,hordichuk and upshall because of the chippy nature of their games... and almost all of kariya's came in the first 10 games, something he has almost eliminated...
probably the biggest surprise penalty wise is that tootoo has only taken one minor penalty in 6 games played now
the worst part is that he takes so many penalties IN THE OFFENSIVE ZONE.
i don't disagree with that at all, wish i had a way to determine how many of these minors were in the offensive zone... after xmas, i'll do a little analysis of past games and see how many times we have taken a penalty while we're on the pp this year, seems like a high number of times in my mind that both sully and erat have taken a penalty that has taken us off the pp, penalties that tended to be in our own offensive zone