With Seabrook out and Emery in net. This whole attitude of pretending there was nothing wrong with last night's game is just so delusional. Whatever makes you feel better, I guess.
I agree our game was poor but I don't think Seabrook/Crawford would have made a huge difference. Their record without Seabrook against us seems the same (it might even be better) and Emery is .925 on the season (was before last nights games). I don't think Crawford would have made any difference either.
Players making bonehead mistrakes is on the players, but our issues are way bigger than that. We get burned by Chicago in the same ways game after game.we have structural issues and I blame coaching, at some point a plan has to be put into place to counter act it.
I am glad we had Schneider in goal last night, Luongo might be the better goalie overall I don't like him against breakaways. I could see him getting lit up for 6 goals and nobody would have blamed him, Schneider was better suited to last night. Luongo would have got us the win against Dallas though.
"Easiest way to fix this is stick the 2 guys who have been playing their roles up to par this year together play them 20+ minutes. Put the Hamhuis - Bieksa pairing back together and let them figure it out. Rotate Ballard, Barker, and Vandeermeer with Garrison until you find a pairing that can at least box out the net and chip it off the glass. Which ever pairing is playing better play them as the second pairing until Hamhuis Bieksa figure it out."
Posted this in last nights PGT. So happy to see AV do the obvious fix for once. I personally predict the defence as a whole will have it's best stretch in recent memory if left together in this setup.
As for everyone complaining about Garrison being on the 3rd pairing even strength, it's the same principle as having a 2A and 2B line, if you have the personel it lightens the load on all the players involved.
And being on the 3rd pairing even strength doesn't stop him from being on the the penalty kill. What stops him from being there is himself, once he gets used to the system I can see Garrison as our #2 pk defencemen behind Hamhuis.
Also I would love to see Hamhuis - Garrison as the second unit pp. Would work wonder's for Garrison to have a defencemen who likes to pass more than shoot playing accross from him on the PP(not Edler or Bieksa)
Ok I just have something to say that's not quite related to the pre game...
Why can't we have the fans that cheered for henrik Sedin's record goal at the last game with dallas at home all the time? lol I know it is foolish but the way that crowd was giving the team love was just amazing.
Cheer your hearts out, and stand with your team. seventh man or not I don't mind.
Let's not follow the standard and get quiet if your teams struggling or falling behind.
There may be problems but with any team that succeeds they will need to face that adversity and learn. Stubborn as it seems we need to keep our truculence with our team as fans. That ovation gave me shivers.
ballard/garrison pairing=could work or be a diasaster.. can garrison play right side at all even strength
I wouldn't put Garrison on the right. IMO leave the dependable defenseman on his strong side, put Ballard on the right. Last time it was tried he wasn't playing even close to the level he is at now, and his skating makes him the most likely to be able to switch to the right.
If it doesn't work after a couple games but the other 2 pairings are fine, try swapping them around. If that doesn't work its time to cut our losses with Ballard.
This is coming from someone who thought that Ballard would turn it around, but even as he plays better than he has ever in a canucks uniform there's still obviously the lack of a slap shot and the in ability to make a pass once the zone is gained with his speed.
It's a useless luxury to have a 4.2 mill defense only defenseman on a team with 2 defense first guys making 4.5 mill each already. And they both bring other attributes that Ballard doesn't plus better defence. Especially if he's scratched.
Last edited by nucksfan8888: 02-21-2013 at 05:13 AM.