Stupid, lazy penalties continue to cost this team. It is clear that they were previously playing over their heads on the PK and now giving up so many powerplays is catching up to them.
In no way can I agree that Horcoff played a good game. Despite the goal he was downright awful, as he has been for the last month. 12 shots on goal and as many shots wide in the last 2 games... he'd BETTER score a goal. There is no other player that gives the puck away at the opposition blueline as often as him. That is beyond just "struggling"... he is making preventable mistakes over and over again. 3 for 9 last night on faceoffs to boot.
Playing next to Ryan Smyth and Horcoff's +/- is currently -9.
I am not anti-Horcoff, but this team needs him to stop making rookie mistakes. Yes, our defence is brutal, but I see that as more of a personel problem than anything. We don't have the horses. In Horcoff's case, he can play MUCH better than he has. Whatever Stoll is eating for his pregame meals, he should be giving Horcoff the leftovers.
I really don't think we played that bad of a game yesterday. Our D were moving the puck up the ice much better, and for the most part were getting out of our zone better than we have been the past games.
Our pk of late has been the thing that has been killing us. The 5 on 3 yesterday was the big one, and we've been giving up a lot of power play goals lately.