Coming into the game, I didn't have very high expectations but was hoping they'd pull past the 7-0-1 record that Anderson had against us lifetime. Now, he can add an eighth win. Just one of those games that you want to put behind you and not look back.
I feel bad for Theodore. Once again, he stood on his head to keep us into the game. Problem is, we didn't show up until towards maybe the end of the 2nd period. The 3rd overall seemed pretty impressive, but by then as usual, it was too little too late and Anderson played outstanding. The best forwards for us tonight that I noticed were Skille and Matthias, but for the most part everyone else looked flat-footed. Kulikov apparently thought that he was still in Russia and Ellerby besides trying to get some momentum with that big hit and fighting Neil, made some horrible decisions.
On the bright side, we swept Montreal last season and maybe putting in Clemmer tomorrow will change the momentum a bit.
Even Campbell looked lost. Too many giveaways and the puck just seemed to bounce Ottawas' way the whole night.
If kovi needs a night off, what do you think of putting Matthias centering Mueller and Huberdeau?? Matthias was the only player able to skate the puck into the offensive zone tonight and he is deceptively fast for a big boy.
Also: Other people weren't kidding, and we all knew this anyway or at least expected it -- but Kovalev looked flat out terrible. So did the rest of the team though, so is it fair to point him out?
Was kinda waiting for this to come up. I think the whole team was horrible. Nothing was clicking, no passes connecting.... Just overall ****** game. Hoping this was the fluke, and not that first period of Game 1.
Kovalev WILL have his ups and downs, probably more extreme than anyone else. But we should be able to survive that relatively unscathed. It's guys like Weiss and Flash looking completely lost for 120 minutes that has me pretty concerned.
We came out flat against a team we always have trouble with at their first home game of the season. As long as we win tomorrow, things will be fine. We need to hover around .500 until we can get Goc, Bergie, and Versteeg back. It will be nice to have guds too.
If we played the whole game like we did the first 10-15 mins of the 3rd, we might have had a chance to get a point out of this game.
Jovo's coverage was brutal, Kovalev only had 1 good play the entire game, Mueller and Huberdeau were fighting the puck all night, Weiss played awful, Flash was mediocre, skille and matthias were our best forwards.
If anyone sits tomorrow it should be Santorelli, he's officially not good enough to play in the NHL right now. Send him to the Devils so Deboer can do whatever he did to make him good.
Kuba doesn't really bother me that much. Sure, he's slow but he's decent at moving the puck and does what he's supposed to in the defensive zone.
I thought Kulikov played pretty decent, outside of that stupid move that resulted in the 3rd goal.
Theo played great, no complaints.
Final thought: Huberdeau needs to move his feet faster and more often. He seems to be too nonchalant sometimes.