I think we need to see this season thorugh. Around this time, even later, we were on the edge. Then we got it going with chemistry and we were 7.7 secs from a likely visit to the ECF. We just need to weather the bad times and hope we can get it going. Renney has pulled us through before and will pull us thorugh this season. Plus Hank is due for a hot streak
As a Devils fan, I can only scratch my head, especially with the way they've played the Devils this season. And can't figure out what has happened to the excellent defensive play displayed earlier in the year.
Last edited by Brooklyndevil: 01-15-2008 at 05:16 PM.
Nice to see some people realize Lundqvist is somewhat to blame for the loses. I agree that he isn't making the big saves, he can't hold a rebound, can't find the puck ever. I am tired of listening to everyone say that goal wasn't his fault, and this goal wasn't his fault. Yes I'd say he has let in alot of soft ones lately. Everyone blames Jagr for not scoring or Malik or Avery or anyone else, but when it comes to Lundqvist its never his fault. He is looking for a big contract and right now I am hesitant if I want to lay out 6.5 million for him for 6 years or so. If he continues to play like this, we are gonna be stuck with a goalie who can't make a save at such a high price. Hope I am wrong,but right now I think he is worth maybe 3 million a season.
Trying to look at things objectively and rationally......what is the problem?
1. Jagr's continuing loss of skills because of age and the team not having another big time goal scorer
2. Lundqvist's inconsistent play
3. Avery's constant injuries and the team not having another player who can fill his unique role
4. Underestimating the chemistry factor and thinking that just because Gomez in a world class playmaker he could take Nylander's place
5. Little scoring from the third line
6. Inability to develop a set second line
7. Continued growing pains from our young D: Staal, Tyutin, Girardi
8. For all our young talent at Hartford, not having anyone at forward who is ready to step in and contribute at the NHL level big time.
after reading the feedback offered, i still gotta lean MOSTLY toward the fact that there is little to no offensive chemistry. just because there have been games where they have shown some signs of life and chemistry offensively, that doesnt mean the chemistry is really there.
ive seen some of the bottom five teams this year post 5,6 or even 7 goals in a game. hell, la did it a few nights ago. buffalo has done it plenty. does that really warrant their team to having great chemistry? i really dont think so.
i didnt really mention the injuries to start but i really cant see this as an excuse either. players on teams get injured. it happens throughout the season. colorado has been clinging to a playoff berth without sakic, ottawa will continue to play good hockey even without heatley. philly was without gagne for 20 plus games. philly and colorado have managed to stay competitive and i would bet ottawa wont fall too far off track. point is..
good teams manage to play good hockey when their players fall to injury. thats fact.
ive heard the nyr announcers all season long almost make the excuse that the rangers are just not the same without avery in the lineup. nyr fans should be livid to even arouse the idea that a 48 point plus 1 player from last year is their only hope and savior. he does bring intangibles to the game, i agree. guys like hollweg and orr bring the same dynamic. orr moreso with the toughness but hollweg with the "getting under your skin" type of play.
the nyr have far too much talent to blame a lack of effort from not having a sean avery type of player. thats the most idiotic excuse i can think of.