Didn't get drunk after game 7, but I was so mad I wasn't paying attention on the drive home and got a speeding ticket. That lifted my spirits... :p
Anyway, enough whining from me. I don't care if they're missing their top 4 scorers, the Avs had best not underestimate this team ever again. I won't predict a score because I'm too superstitious, but my main concern is without Hinote and Svatos our 3rd and 4th lines are very slow. Minnesota still sports a lot of speed up front, albeit not as much skill.
Colorado showed against St. Louis (a team they should have PASTED) that they can mail one in, even with all the talent they have on paper. If they allow the Wild to dictate the pace of the game, the Avs will lose. They'll have to play smart hockey with smooth passing and emphasize puck possession. And for the love of God, SKATE on the power play! :mad:
Well, that game was kind of a downer, but I honestly don't think we lost because the Avs were that much better (although I'm sure the Avs could've stepped it up had we given them a challenge). The guys just didn't look like they were playing as hard as they could. Everyone had moments, but most had more bad moments than good moments. I'd like to hear what Lemaire has to say about the game. I was in a bit of a sour mood, so maybe I'm being too hard on the team. Lots of guys getting the puck and then just standing in one spot with it. No, no, no! Errant passes, weak passes, not much on the shots. Gaborik wouldn't have helped tonight, despite some people calling for him in the crowd. I doubt he would've scored more than two against the Avs D, which was pretty good tonight. I wasn't all that impressed with the Avs offense, but again I might be putting too much blame on our guys.
Oh well, I like the third jersey, so there's a positive.
I thought Roche looked completely lost for most of the game.
Also, I swear I saw at least two or three instances when Zholtok tried to pass to a covered winger rather than make an easy pass to an open Burns.
I didn't particularly like any of our D's in this game. Bombardir can't get the puck out of the zone, he likes to pretend that he has puck poise and wait until the last possible second to pass the puck out of the zone (or to his partner), and is usually a split-second too late. Zyuzin runs around too much. Kuba... he was OK I guess. Mitchell makes bad decisions every once in a while, and I'm not just talking about his giveaway to Selanne. With all due respect to his playoff performance, he is still work in progress. Brown played OK. Roche... I don't know, I think we should give up on this guy, keep him down in Houston for extremely depth-challenging emergencies. Hopefully, when Schultz is finally ready to play we'll see less and less of Roche. And then, hopefully, none. I'm still recovering from having to watch Sekeras last season, and now we have this stud.
On the bright side, we were playing against the most offensively gifted team in the NHL, so maybe it's not all that bad.
I think we'll do fine as soon as someone teaches these guys how to pass the damn puck. There were enough many missed passes, stupid passes, and just *bad* passes to kill any team last night.
That and the fact nobody seemed to be able to get any power behind the puck on clears (especially Roche). There were several times I saw us take huge swings at the puck to clear it and it sloooowly dribbled into the open and was picked up by the avs.
Agreed MNGopher, it's way to early to call for changes. Let's cut Roche some slack. He has played in a grand total of 6(?) NHL games in his whole entire career. Can't we atleast let the guy play 10-20 games this season to see if he gets better before we right him off. He hasn't played real well, but there is maybe 3 guys that have had a solid start to the season on the entire team.