The defensive sloppiness just isn't going away this season. Things will undoubtedly improve, but crazy that we are almost a third of the way through the season and we are on pace to lose almost as many goals in the condensed season as we did all last season.
They are losing possession of the puck too much in their own zone, and letting forwards get behind them deep in their zone. 3 defenders moved towards the same Canuck, leaving a clear path to the net. They ust don't seem to be as well coordinated on defence this season as last. Not having a pre-season is part of the reason, but, overall, both the forwards and the defencemen don't seem to be playing well (disciplined) in Hitch's system as they were last year.
They need to get back to that dominating puck possession and great checking game and smothering defence they had last season. They are limiting shots on goal fairly well, but they are giving up way too many easy chances. They are making a LOT more mistakes than last season, with almost all the same players.