I know some of you are down on Richards but I really think he's looked better these past few games. He didn't capitalize on any chances, but I think he's getting closer to where he should be. I like Richards a lot and as much as I know we need to amnesty him, I am still hoping for him to get back to ppg form and to prove haters wrong.
And Gaborik was invisible? What? He was flying, looked VERY good, just didn't score.
totally agree. these guys just need to stay on a line consistently and they'll figure it out. it's getting better. it's a game of inches.
Gabby and Richards seem to be playing bit better but so far off from being a top line. Whoever plays on steps line will lead this team in goals no doubt. If cally and hags stay with step I think hags will lead this team in goals. Kinda scary, but Richards and gabby are dragging Nash down. Holding out hope that Richards and gaborik find their old selves cause it seems that these will be the lines for the foreseeable future.
For now will enjoy this victory over the debbies.
You think people hate Richards' play now, wait until they see it playing with Pyatt and Boyle
Gabby-Richards-Nash looked good tonight and Hags-Step-Cally is a good line so far. Why break those two up? Miller isn't going to be a goal scorer or premier set up man on this team, this year. He's doing well with Boyle and Pyatt in a grinder role. I like these lines for now.
They really didn't. They got pinned in defensively multiple times and looked soft on the puck. Richards just looks bad. Miller ought to get a shot centering some talent. He might start producing.
Stepan looks good with everyone. Nash should be playing with him.
Let's get real. Lundqvist absolutely stole this game.
I think Richards HAS been much better the last few games, but I think Gaborik is still invisible. He's been marginally better the last two games, but he still floats around, is softer than a marshmallow and looks like he couldn't care less.
Great to get back in the playoff race, but, while I like Miller's game, even with the mistakes, we are going nowhere with a thrid and fourth line that can't score into an empty net. Top lines get shut down in the playoffs, period.
Here"s the goalscored by tonight's 3rd and 4th lines this season;
Miller - 2 (in one game, and he's the guy I like)
Boyle - 2 (one of which hit him in the ass and went in)
Pyatt - 3 (no points practically in a month)
Haley - 0
Halpern - 0
Powe - 0
Asham (assuming he's back soon) - 1
Teams with good third and fourth lines win in the playoffs -it's why we lost to the Devils last year.
JT Miller needs to be tried at center with better linemates. I'm tired of seeing him make a great play to start something only to have Boyle and Pyatt turn it into nothing. I want to see Kreider up and a top six like this:
I don't even care what they do with the rest of the lines.