Lot better effort than last time they played Grand Rapids and got beat because of lack of finish and good goaltending.
One thing GR can do is move the puck around and did so on the winner.
Was impressed with Ebbett tonight and the Wolves defense in general. Nice to see Archibald continue to score but would sure be nice if others could start to score
Andersson again looked competent and not out of place. Also Schneider did a good job against the Nyquist line and on the PK.
Not impressed at all with Sterling tonight. Just trashing around and making some very poor passes. Nor did Kassain IMO look all that good. Too many passes behind his back and not looking especially alert. Freisen was better but still not good enough and he took a very bad penalty as well.
Arneil has them playing better as a team but somehow this team has to produce more offense - especially on the PP
Kassian with a good feed (based on announcers, did not watch) to Ebbett on a "PP" goal. That's right, I said PP goal. I'm a little shocked that Cannata hasn't had a start yet, pretty weak development plan.
Looks like Archilbald just LAYED OUT Shaw then jumped by Bolig.
But my terrible stream doesn't show replays so I can't tell how the hit or fight was
I have the same stream I am guessing, i dont like bolig, hawks fans think hes so hard, and biznasty schooled him pretty good last year.
Wish kassian would have jumped in or archibald fought back unless he got blindsided and just dropped. Someone like archibald i assumed would be ready to drop the gloves after delivering a hit like that.
Decent effort it seemed but again limited offense.
One thing I don't understand is why Arneil broke up the Archibald - Longpre - Gordon line. They seemed to be working well and scoring. Gordon now out (maybe injured??) and Longpre moved to the wing with Schroeder. Archibald now with the anchor Friesen.
Actually Friesen with somewhat of better effort in the parts I saw but he still looks far from being ready for this level of competition. Suppose they have to give him time but maybe spotted more and only used in a 4th line role.
Again thought Andersson had some good moments and showed good speed getting back on some of the turnovers.
Saw nothing out of Rodin tonite. Beginning to agree with those that don't see him going any where. At least injury didn't keep him out too long. Played with Schroeder and Longpre. Some said they were decent early on but in the parts I watched nothing much was happening. Thought Schroeder was weak in the final push when they pulled the goal-tender.
Connauton always makes just enough mistakes to tell you that he might get burned very bad at eh NHL level.
You wonder what happened to DesBiens. Use to be a pretty strong player at this level. Now gets little time and does little with the time he does get.
Arneil is lot closer to the situation than I am but you do wonder about his use of personnel.
Kassian shouldn't have to defend a guy like Archibald. If Archie is gonna play tough, he needs to be the one to back it up instead of count on Kassian to protect him. Now if Bolig jumped someone like Shroeder, then Kassian needs to step in.
I agree but I think the issue me and jammy had was how it played out, I was not sure if bolig blindsided him and started feeding him shots, if so i think kassian should have peeled him off...as i mentioned Archibald needs to be looking around ready to drop the gloves immediately after delivering a hit like that so its really on him.
But if you seen the game kassian was standing over bolig and archibald, archibald who was turtled or laying down covering up while bolig was standing over him pounding him. Maybe kassian felt that as well, archibald is a big guy he should handle it and didnt want to get involved. I just thought kassian might try to peel him off while archibald was turtled and getting pounded.
Also JS is not going to be delivering hits like the archibald one. I dont think anyone would unless they are a big guy to begin with. Shaw is a tough kid from what I have seen of him, he can take a licking, but after that hit he was down for a bit.
Last edited by Orca Smash: 12-28-2012 at 04:16 AM.