This team does look real slow. And I don't mean because they don't have their legs yet, there just aren't any fast players, save for Plekanec and Pacioretty.
Not fast, not big and not very skilled. Not a good trio.
Originally Posted by deandebean
Marc, I think you should just relax a bit. ALLLLLLLL teams looked warped today. Heck, did you see parts of the LA game? They had intensity, ALLL of them (well, maybe not the Jets). But they ALLLLL lacked execution. Normal.
Oh I'm relaxed. I'm not surprised by what happened tonight at all.
And yes, I saw parts of the LA game. They were facing a quality team too. Toronto is not that.
Our d was not bad...there's nothing they can do about slow transition and our forwards inability to forecheck. At no point this game was I yelling for them to get the puck out. I noticed a couple times we were over-powered in front of the net but for the first game, pretty good for a group of older d.
Markov, Kaberle, Diaz, Emelin, and boullion (considering time on ice) were playing decent hockey. gorges was poor.
He wouldn't have helped us. He isn't some pp wizard. Our pp was horrendous with him. He hasn't play in a long while, too so he would have been off his game.
Have no one go to the net, moment killed, and being called for every little dumb thing did us in.
Habs did it last year and they've started this year. They only seem to want to try for 10 minutes of a game.
Okay, I'll give you Gionta. Cole, well he needs a head of steam to get going. First few steps suck and he only does something with his speed when he cuts to the inside with the puck. Other than that, he doesn't use it. My point still stands.
If the Habs play every game the way they played today, then in the fall we will probably be discussing what we should do with Nathan MacKinnon the same way we are discussing what we should do with Galchenyuk right now.
To be honest, I thought that we would have been able to generate a lot more offence than we did this evening. I was wrong.
Our top-6 forwards were generally horrible. Our bottom six played decently, but they need to finish more checks and get their cycle game going badly.