Alberts and Gragnani are so bad. Tanev didn't have his best game last night (played 5 minutes more than regularly though) but still miles ahead of those two guys. If they are both in the lineup at any point during playoffs, it's going to get ugly.
And for the record, I don't really have anything against Luongo, I think he is one of the best goalies in the league but based on this season, I honestly think we are not icing the best possible team when he's playing and Schneider is sitting. It's got nothing to do with Lui, it's just that IMO Schneider has passed him.
Our bottom six in general has been really effective recently, including the fourth line (though I'd like to replace Weise, but he'll either be knocked down by Bitz I think or Kassian when Daniel returns). Top six has been a bit of a mess to be honest...Raymond and Booth have played pretty well, Kassian was alright last night but Kesler, Henrik, and Burrows have been struggling.
C'mon any option is better then Alberts!! Please, please never play him again. He is so brutally out of position and playing him with Grags; they should have been scores at least 5 times last night that I noticed.
The Ballard one is a bit iffy, he could be in a similar spot that he was in last playoffs because of his long layoff.
I think AV is experimenting right now and getting a feel for who can swap in and out on different lines and D pairings.
Yeah, I agree with this. I hope Daniel is healthy and ready to go in the playoffs (I'm hoping the time apart for Hank/Burr/Daniel will re-ignite that line once again). I'm a little worried about how Kesler and Raymond will play together, though.
So I was at the game last night and the crowd noise was on my mind because of that thread we had here. I did actually think the crowd was a bit better last night than usual (for some reason), but I did start noticing that for 95% of the stoppages they just blast music and show people dancing on the 'tron. Basically, forget about hockey during the stops.