if i'm thinking clearly that gulutzan is playing a matchup game with the defense, then i think larsen gets in the next game against the speedy, skilled edmonton forwards. the avalanche have quite a few goon types that rome theoretically matches up better against. :fingers crossed:
This team is giving up only 2.5 goals a game (11th in the league). That's pretty damn good, especially with two and three rookies playing on D every night. I don't give a crap about shots. I care about goals against and scoring chances against. I'd say this d group is giving up fewer quality scoring chances than we've seen in the past couple of seasons.
This team is scoring fewer than 2 goals a game (28th in the league). 12.1% on the PP (25th in the league). Terrible. Just terrible.
If you're going to be upset about anything on this team, the offense has to be the primary focus.
Regardless of shots allowed, they aren't scoring enough, that's for sure. Whether it's the D or just the goalies bailing them out, the GAA is good enough to win games if you are putting up a decent amount of goals. Whether the goals against can stay that low is a good question though.
The goaltending is the reason those defensive numbers look that way.
They go hand in hand. Three goalies have started and put up awesome stats. That means the Stars either have three awesome goalies or maybe the defense is contributing to those awesome goaltending numbers.
maybe my memory fails me, but i seem to recall some teams that were really good but always got outshot... anahiem with giggy comes to mind. even a few years in jersey with marty b. i recall many a night with razor saying, "it's all great to outshoot someone, but when your chances suck, it doesn't mean much."
of course, i'm sure he had much more vapid, rapier like verbiage.
It does mean a lot though. Pucks bounce off random sticks, skates, and pads and go in. Rebounds find the open man alone on the doorstep. That's why coaches go on and on about just getting pucks on net. No one ever says, "We've got to wait for the perfect passing play and take only high quality chances".