PJ Stock is stupid. He is saying the flames needed to hit more to get the Hawks tired. Did he not watch the game? If the hawks were any more tired there would have been deaths. I always thought have multiple 2 minute shifts in the offensive zone was a good way to wear the other team down. The flames were doing that.
But they also have played 7 of there first 9 on road (And have more road games left on this trip)
Could also finally get back in groove at home and go on roll
I think they are the same team. They have a great core but the role players have not improved. They have almost no physical edge. I am nitpicking as they have the core but i do not see any noticable different in the team that placed 8th and 6th in the conference and lost in the first round the last two years. They depend on too few players too much.
Watching Chicago vs Vancouver showed me that neither team has changed. So i would expect the standing by the end of the year to reflect that. With the shortened season though who knows.
Getting Ovechkin in my fantasy pool looks like it might single handedly cost me the season. He's going to start shooting at a higher percentage at some point, but his 5 on 5 shot distance increasing by 7 feet so far this season is troubling.
Great job by Ovechkin on that PP just now. Overall think this has been a pretty good game for him despite all the criticism.
The team is more the issue than he is, but he doesn't look like a guy that's willing to learn to do anything differently 5 on 5. He's almost a parody of his former self, flying down the wing, pulling the shot inside and trying to shoot between the defensemen's legs. Looks like a guy playing a videogame and just trying the same move over and over.