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10-31-2009, 06:29 PM
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Providence vs. Hartford (Sat., Oct. 31)

Not a good start. Hartford up 1-0 with 4 minutes to go in the first. Hartford has 10 shots and Providence only 1. Matt Dalton is in net.

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Hartford up 3-0 halfway through the second period. Providence is missing Sobotka and Marchand.

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Still 3-0 Hartford with 16 minutes left in the game. Hartford has 35 shots and Providence only 15.

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Final: Hartford 7 Providence 0

Wow--Hartford explodes for 4 more goals to destroy Providence 7-0. Hartford had 48 shots and Providence could only manage 17.

Is this the P-Bruins worst defeat in a long time? What is going on?

AHL game summary: http://theahl.com/stats/official-gam...ame_id=1006206

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The loss of Sobotka, Marchand and yes, even Whitfield has just devestated the Providence squad. The team, which was good, if not great, for the first 5 or 6 games, had a good balance of two scoring lines, a checking line and an "energy" line.

One Providence lost 3 of its' best forwards, the team's chemistry was lost. Players like Knackstedt, Weller and Clouthier now have a chance to play, but they are role players and enforcers, not goal scorers and playmakers. (Providence continues to show plenty of heart by fighting and initiating the rough stuff, but that will only go so far).

Hamill was starting off slowly, and now his linemates often consist or guys like Marquardt and Lefebrve--again, 3rd-4th line type players. He could have Lehtonen and Lovecchio as his linemates, but then most of the firepower would be on one line. The situation provides a chance for Arniel to step up his play, but, at this stage, he needs capable wingers to put points up, at least at even-strength.

While the reasons for a lack of offense are glaring, we should also consider that the defense (top 4 are Woz, Penner, McQuaid and Bodnarchuk--Fata has not played well this year) and goaltending (Sabourain and Dalton) is decent, they're not going to be difference makers. This team needs to score some goals, and quick. Even a guy like Riendeau, who is likely to put some pucks in the net is still a couple of months away from playing.

We've had it good for the past 3 years, maybe it's just our turn to be this years' Lowell Devils or Springfield Falcons.

BTW, one of Providence's worst defeats last year was late in the season, also aganst Hartford. Rask was in net and let in 2 shorties. I think it was a 6-1 or 5-1 loss.

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Fight clips from the game are up here.

http://www.hockeyfights.com/forums/f...6/#post1828830

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In regards to Dalton......


'I thought he'd be bigger'



This team has to adjust to life without it's more talented players....
Dr. Love will show up, don't worry.

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Fight clips from the game are up here.

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First fight that Clouthier didn't end up flat on his back

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The loss of Sobotka, Marchand and yes, even Whitfield has just devestated the Providence squad. The team, which was good, if not great, for the first 5 or 6 games, had a good balance of two scoring lines, a checking line and an "energy" line.

One Providence lost 3 of its' best forwards, the team's chemistry was lost. Players like Knackstedt, Weller and Clouthier now have a chance to play, but they are role players and enforcers, not goal scorers and playmakers. (Providence continues to show plenty of heart by fighting and initiating the rough stuff, but that will only go so far).

Hamill was starting off slowly, and now his linemates often consist or guys like Marquardt and Lefebrve--again, 3rd-4th line type players. He could have Lehtonen and Lovecchio as his linemates, but then most of the firepower would be on one line. The situation provides a chance for Arniel to step up his play, but, at this stage, he needs capable wingers to put points up, at least at even-strength.

While the reasons for a lack of offense are glaring, we should also consider that the defense (top 4 are Woz, Penner, McQuaid and Bodnarchuk--Fata has not played well this year) and goaltending (Sabourain and Dalton) is decent, they're not going to be difference makers. This team needs to score some goals, and quick. Even a guy like Riendeau, who is likely to put some pucks in the net is still a couple of months away from playing.

We've had it good for the past 3 years, maybe it's just our turn to be this years' Lowell Devils or Springfield Falcons.

BTW, one of Providence's worst defeats last year was late in the season, also aganst Hartford. Rask was in net and let in 2 shorties. I think it was a 6-1 or 5-1 loss.
Thanks so much for the analysis Malt. Perhaps this situation is a reflection of the lack of high end players in the B's system at this point who are ready/close to ready to step up to the NHL. It's beginning to look like Marquardt, Knackstedt, Penner, Goulet, etc. will find it difficult to make the jump. I wonder about Hamill. He does not seem to be as dynamic as Sobotka or Marchand.

We definitely have been spoiled the past 3 years and it will be tough to have a mediocre season. Marchand will help when he returns but I think Sobotka will end up in Boston for the season. I'm really interested in seeing what Riendeau will be like. Maybe Kevin Regan can come back and make a difference in goal.

Some of the better prospects are still in junior or college (Caron, Sauve, Button, Colborne, Cross, etc.) or overseas (Soderberg & Alexandrov). It could be a long year in Providence.

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Thanks so much for the analysis Malt. Perhaps this situation is a reflection of the lack of high end players in the B's system at this point who are ready/close to ready to step up to the NHL. It's beginning to look like Marquardt, Knackstedt, Penner, Goulet, etc. will find it difficult to make the jump. I wonder about Hamill. He does not seem to be as dynamic as Sobotka or Marchand.

We definitely have been spoiled the past 3 years and it will be tough to have a mediocre season. Marchand will help when he returns but I think Sobotka will end up in Boston for the season. I'm really interested in seeing what Riendeau will be like. Maybe Kevin Regan can come back and make a difference in goal.

Some of the better prospects are still in junior or college (Caron, Sauve, Button, Colborne, Cross, etc.) or overseas (Soderberg & Alexandrov). It could be a long year in Providence.
I think Lovecchio, and Hamil are the only locks to make the NHL in some form, Arniel and Lehtonen are both good prospects as well, but that's about it. McQuaid and maybe another D might make it as a bottom pairing guy, but there is no future beyond that there.

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