Not great output considering who he's playing with and getting prime toi, huge PP minutes on one of the best PP's in the league and finding a way to be snakebit.
When you're getting over 4mins PP action a night there should be plenty of opportunity to get off of a slide.
One of the very disappointing things about this club is how often its one or two players a year carrying the club. One year its Penner, Hall, Eberle, Gagner, but what we obviously need is getting everybody going that should be going.
i'll agree with the PP output, it should be higher... the fact that all of hall, eberle and RNH are snake bitten is what is driving this though... if eberle and hall were potting 10% of their shots, RNH would have a lot more assists.... yeah his production is down on the PP, but the reasons are completely acceptable
RNH would have 3 more goals with a normal shooting%, but he likely has 3-6 more assists as well if eberle/hall also had even average shooting%... the chances are there, the points will come
again, RNH is the last guy on this team i'm worried about (him and hall actually).... but then again, my expectations are likely lower than most, as i put a lot of emphasis on just how young RNH is, coupled with the mammoth task being asked of him.... shy of PK work, RNH is being asked to do the same things that crosby, toews and datsyuk are being asked to do
RNH needs to step up his game big time. He is the Oiler I will be watching tonight closely. Time to pick up your game kid. We need you. Looking for a big night from the top line with Hall back. Even if it is on line 4, I think Paajarvi should be getting playing time. He has played well when he has been in the lineup.
Why? Jones has proven to get loose pucks and get dirty goals. Neither those guys have proven they can do that.
Yeah, I don't have a problem with Jones on a scoring line, especially when they're struggling to score 5v5. Don't really want him on the PP, but he's not a bad 3rd option after Smyth and Harti in front of the net, either. And Harti's injured, right? So he could well see some PP time.
It's not like the scoring lines have gone gangbusters with MPS nor Yak, so why not give him a shot.
In an ideal world, I like Smyth-Horc-Jones as a checking line which can provide some decent, timely offense.
But now? What the hell, see if we can get something going.