I hate *insert player here*. The entire team outside Dubnyk looked terrible tonight. Sure a couple guys had legs but it was a bad game by all accounts. We always seem to lose afternoon games. It's like they don't think they are real games.
There's no doubt that they're inconsistent and struggling to find full form. And yes, we're sick of losing.
But the number of bridge jumpers here is crazy.
You know the drill - had they scored late to tie it and won in o/t with another Yakupov goal of exuberance, there'd be far fewer complainers about work ethic, and the difference would have been only 1 minute.
Time to put Horc on IR so that we can reunite the Paajarvi-Lander-Hartikainen line. Our lack of speed in the bottom 6 was very evident tonight. And since we don't have size and toughness available (Eager) that's the best that we can hope for for now. Did Hordichuk even hit anyone in the 2nd and 3rd periods?
Speed is a much bigger issue than size right now IMO. A guy like Hartikainen is a beast down low, but he needs some faster line-mates that buy some time to let him get into his spots.
Jones and Paajarvi should help this team out quite a bit.
RNH hasn't scored in 20 games. A little concerning, no?
No. He's playing solid defense and creating plays with his passing as well as getting his chances. He seems to not be his usual self with pinpoint precision on his passes and shots, but he is playing good hockey right now. We just need to get the top PP unit going and IMO his confidence will start to grow.
This. It's gonna take time. We haven't seen the best of this team yet, no even close. This season is a transition year, they will not finish 29th or 30th. They will improve, how much is the question. This was an ugly game, with no finish. It's not gonna be all unicorns and roses this year, there's gonna be some ugliness, today was some of that. Patience not panic.
I thought Gagner had his poorest game of the season so far.
Agreed, he usually owns Colorado but tonight was not his night. Hall IMO is getting too easily frustrated out there and as a result he forces bad plays. He needs to learn to channel that anger into hitting guys IMO.
We're going to be fine. Don't jump off a bridge after one loss.
20th in the league in goals for
Abysmal 5v5 goals for and against
Bottom 10 in shots per game, bottom 10 in shots against per game.
Goaltending that is playing above a sustainable level.
We literally saw this exact same **** to start last year. Oilers got off to a great start but it was on the backs of unsustainable play.
Games like this give us an indication to how far away this team is from being a legit contender. They were completely outclassed for more than 1/2 the game by a team that was down 4/6 top 6 forwards. 5th straight game this team has failed to register even 10 shots in a 3rd period.
This is the same kind of stuff we have seen every year over the past 3 seasons. They have a great game against San Jose and then lay an absolute egg against a team that has no business (given their current line up) out playing us.
Avalanche played Wednesday, Thursday and today too. The excuse doesn't fly for us that we were tired.