I wonder if it would help to give Pitkanen a rest and give Seidenberg a chance. I mean Pitkanen has been making a few errors so maybe scratching him will be a little wake-up-call. Plus i'd like to see Seidenberg shoot the puck on the PP.
I think he was chasing on both goals, but I don't have a problem with it on goal #2. He did what he was supposed to and played the puck up the wall to the forward (Recchi) who promptly turned it over right in the slot. As a defenseman should he really expect that??
on one hand, Kapanen will have an easier time maneuvering and skating with the puck. the lighting won't press him to much and won't go after the hit nearly as much as Toronto did. but, I think that the lightning will be harder for him to contain defensively with their speed and skill.
Is there any chance of identifying post-concussion timidity amidst the fatigue? A combination of these two will bring any rookie down, but what parts of the degeneration of his game are due to which?
I have been saying for awhile that Pitkanen has not been the same difference-making player that he was prior to his concussion. I am not down on Joni for the future, but I also think the only cure for him at this point is to sit him and let him have a long summer to rest. The fatigue of the long season and the concussion have taken the strengths away from his game to the point where he could be viewed as a liability at this point.
I would rather see Seids come in and replace Pitkanen then have to see Sharp come in and Kapanen go down. I would hope Hitch dresses Seids and gives him a chance then if he plays bad sit him. We did it in game 6 versus the Leafs we can do it now.
Play these lines cause Primeau is always better with Kapanen...