I've been away for the last week or so, and looked at our results game by game. Something stood out to me - in the last 11 games, which we've only won 3, we have had more penalty kills than power plays 9 times, and 2 of the games were equal. I know there is no conspiracy, but from those who have watched the recent games are we getting a fair shake? I was at the Vancouver game and that officiating in the 2nd period was a pile of dung. But other than that I haven't noticed anything yea or nay. Thoughts?
If the refs were told to do us favors last year, they've been told the opposite this year. If they end up moving because they don't make the playoffs, count me in as a co-conspirator. But the more troubling answer is that this team has been uncharacteristically undisciplined. And that starts at the top with Doan and Yandle. I've been downright disgusted with their behavior more than once this season. Can't say that for years past. Seems like everyone has cracked a little under the pressure of the ownership situation. Can't say I blame them.
I've noticed when Brad Watson, Dan O' Halloran, and Dan O' Rourke ref Yotes games they got terrible calls
Brad Watson is the one I remembered from last year - 2 separate times in the playoffs it got ridiculous. I imagine if Doan and Yandle are chirping too much at the refs it could be working against the team.
One other thing I've wondered is whether we're taking more penalties because we're a little younger at the back end of the blue line without Aucoin or Roszival. Any thoughts there?
BTW, I looked earlier in the year, and this has not been a year-long trend. In the first 24 games of the year, we had more PPs than PKs 14 times. Our record still wasn't great (11 wins), but it was still better that our recent stretch.
Definitely needs to be an area of focus for the rest of this year and next.