Is this really the best they can come up with after yesterday's debacle? The usual people showed up effort-wise. I didn't see anything in that period that tells me that this team is prepared to turn things around.
When teams have the puck in our zone and are cycling it's impossible for us to get the puck.
When we have the puck in the offensive zone we lose it rather quickly (unless it's Dubinsky, who apparently learned a thing or two from Jagr)
This is our major flaw. And Tom Renney is incapable of making any of our players bigger.
I disagree. Girardi probably has the most hits on the team. He actually revels in that. Yet for all his physicality he will let a guy out from under him on the boards, or just walk around him. It's not that he an aversion to full out physical contact, as with Rozsival.
I actually think that is exactly what a coach should fix/cure. Girardi is a young player. Why would he not be able to learn and become better? My bet is he is not being instructed.
I AM agreeing with you if you are saying that Renney is not able to coach and improve a young player. And that is not acceptable.
Last edited by trilobyte: 02-16-2009 at 07:02 PM.
i think their forecheck has been better this game, when they get the puck deep there getting 2 guys low and hard on the puck. but there still so passive when the blues are regrouping the puck at the top of their circles sending one man on the puck carrier. there so laid back and not forcing the other team to make a mistake, you just cant sit back
There was that shift wth Dubinsky followed by Bett's line, 2 straight shifts in St. Louis' zone. Strong forecheck, forced turnovers, some chances generated. When we forecheck hard, we really disrupt the oppostion's rush.
But you just know that at some point this team will abandon what works and just collapse into a shell.