The forwards look alright when they're in the offensive zone. But we have the worst defense in the league AINEC, yes that includes Edmonton. They can't clear their own zone if their lives depended on it. The reason our forwards struggle so much to score goals is because the defenseman can never give the puck to them and they have to skate it out themselves. Just trade O'Reilly for a top 4 defenseman please.
I was saying it last year, and I'll keep on saying it.
This team is really not big or strong enough with the forwards to play the traditional "Dump and Chase" technique.
I know it's a Hockey standard, to dump it in and go get it, but I think that you need a team with some big forwards, for me SJ springs to mind, that can be effective along the boards in getting the puck back.
When we dump it in, it just really seems that we are just conceding possession of the puck, because I feel that we only get the puck back about 10% of the time.
There is just no options on defence. Once Johnson is done his shift, may as well mail in the thought of any sort of breakout next shift. This needs to be fixed asap. It is so painful watching Zanon-O'Byrne, O'Brien-Hejda, Hunwick. It is actually laughable thinking about where these guys would be on a good team.
I would be surprised if we made the playoffs, can't lose games like this.
This isn't a playoff team. The only wins the Avs have relied heavily on goaltending against weak opponents. Just wait till the Avs play the heavyweights of the western conference. It will get ugly. Remember San Jose?
This one hurt, but hey look at our injuries, i feel like our team is stepping up offensively (PAP, Staz), sadly we still have an Beer League team defensive core... once we get our forwards back i hope we keep the effort level up like this.