Unfortunately throughout his career, Spezza's game isn't made for the playoffs. At least, it isn't made for creating offense on his own. He had success with Alfredsson and Heatley because they were excellent along the boards and had elite finishing.
What I see from Spezza is a reluctance to skate. He loves to hold up and dish off the puck, but refuses to chase anything. Its infuriating, because for a guy who is typically known as an offensive guy...most of the time, he kills any chance of offense.
This is 100% accurate, he's stationary with the puck half the time....
The fact is that NYR really isnt that great of a team, but their goalie owned us tonight. Spezza hasn't been great and Michalek is been even worse.... If there is any way to get these guys going by next game it could result in a much different outcome, maybe top line of alfie/spezza/michalek and 2nd line of foligno/turris/butler.
I don't care if Spezza was 1st in league scoring with a 50 point lead. You don't show up in the playoffs where the team needs you the most, especially when your heart and soul player is injured and not playing, you don't deserve getting that amount of $$$. He's the type of player who needs Elite wingers to succeed.
not enough crash the net, not enough rolling over Rangers players and making it tough for Lundqvist.
Disagree big time. We need some net drive, yes, but we're already doing that. Maybe too much right now. The Rangers are collapsing in front of their net to block shots, and they're doing a great job at it. We need to move the puck laterally and open lanes and then be moving to the net for tips & rebounds. As it is, 7 guys in front of the net is making it next to impossible to get the puck through.
Ok, done with this thread for a bit. I'll wait till you knee-jerkers chill out for an hour or two. Anderson played one of the best games of his career. Our D moved the puck incredibly well, our PK is ****ing amazing, and we controlled 75% of this entire game.
Yes, Spezza had a **** game and Milo's been invisible. I hope they bounce back large in game 4.
I don't care if Spezza was 1st in league scoring with a 50 point lead. You don't show up in the playoffs where the team needs you the most, especially when your heart and sole player is injured and not playing, you don't deserve getting that amount of $$$. He's the type of player who needs Elite wingers to succeed.
He is showing up, he's just trying too hard to do eveything himself, much like Alfredsson earlier in his career. Maclean need to grab him by the throat and tell him to ****ing simplify his game.
Holy crap guys, relax. We lost a close game that we controlled for the most part. To expect no games stolen by Lundqvist is silly, he's one of the best in the league for a reason.
If all we need is Spezza to get going to start winning, then I couldn't be happier because Sepzza is a proven performer. Remember Karlsson in game 1? Trying to do way too much himself, figured it out and was amazing. Spezza SHOULD know by now but even the best can put too much pressure on themselves.
I'll cut him some slack for now. Every other piece is clicking but all knew going into this that we'd need to bank on Lundqvist being beatable, let's not forget that.
Spezza is Spezza. He'd get 120 pts a year if he put in the effort of a Crosby or Richards and drove to the net hard and played balls out... but that is not his game and it isn't ever going to change. He's a change-up, not a fastball. He's like Pierre Turgeon, the game slows down when he has the puck, he cruises and creates flow - and that allows for him to use his vision. But for that to work he needs guys to read and who can read him. And for that to work he needs time and space. When it works, it is glorious, but when it doesn't it looks like lack of effort and it can be downright ugly. He doesn't make the easy play and he doesn't just dump or put the puck in space b/c he isn't going to go get it. That's why I liked Winny on that line. 9MM is losing a lot of battles, but dude is trying - just not winning.
As soon as your organization gets rid of a guy like Spezza you spend a decade looking for a guy like Spezza. 1A centers are a rare breed. We have him. Keep him, know what to expect and understand his limitations, and appreciate what he can do.
People shouldn't blame Spezza he is being defended by New Yorks best dmen and also he is left with the burden of generating all the offence on his line.(Silfverberg needs to come quick). Sens played a very good game but just could not bury the puck. Its only 2-1 lets see what they can do next game
There's a difference between being well defended and playing poorly. Spezza's decision making has been brutal and he's making turnovers at costly times.
Spezza will be better, it's clear that he's trying. It's just a question of if he can pull it together in time.
Spezza has forgotten how to shoot for some reason. I honestly was hoping that Maclean would bench him until he got his head on straight since he was hurting our team more than helping us
Also, regarding the Rangers, I honestly think the only reason why they were first in the east is because of Lundqvist. The rest of their team is pretty mediocre, and the Flyers, Bruins, and, heck, even the Devils are head and tails better than the Rangers and are much more dangerous teams.