Gryba has been one of our better d-men, and Wiercioch has been struggling. Not surprising.
Actually all of the d-men have been struggling but only Gryba and Wiercoch get benched. Everyone should be taking a turn in the press box besides Methot and Karlsson for obvious reasons.....Maclean is sending the wrong message when it is always the same guys sitting.
yup, hope his daughter gets well soon. Foligno and his wife were very active in the Ottawa community and with CHEO and wish them nothing but the best. He came back to Ottawa after he was traded to fulfill a promise he made to a dying boy and then was a pallbearer at his funeral.....he and his wife are good people
Zibanejad looked great there. The initial line was Michalek-Smith-Zibanejad and right from their first shift they kept the opposing team hemmed in their end for two minutes.
I'd rather Zibby with Spezza though, so put Condra when he's healed. Helps the possession even more.
This is my thinking as well. It's so nice having quality bottom 6 lines. I'd still rather Pageau and have Condra with Grant but it should work well in theory.
As an aside, Face off numbers are really improving for this team. That's probably more of a function of playing games at home but Turris has brought his % up to 47.4 after he was around 40 to start the year. Grant is delivering with 52.8%. He's been perfect for that role.
Edit: upon further review, Turris' home fo% is 55.0. So yeah, definitely a big part of this is home ice.
Last edited by FolignoQuantumLeap: 11-05-2013 at 02:43 PM.