Auld wasn't very good, but to his defense he faced 5 shots in 40 minutes, which is a pretty good excuse... At least I hope it's just that. If not, well...
Boyd, Pacioretty and White were awesome. By far the best line on the ice, yet Martin wouldn't put them on the PP. They were lightning fast out there, dominating every shift except their last one where White did a poor defensive play and couldn't clear the zone, which ultimately led to a goal.
Darche, Desharnais and Eller, on the other hand, had a very rough night. Darche is slow and took some bad decisions on the few occasions where he had the puck. Desharnais was getting pushed around, he couldn't hold on to the puck. As for Eller, he always seems to be looking for a play a tad too long. His decision making is a fraction of a second too slow, which leads to many turnovers and missed opportunities. He always gets in the clear, dekes a guy, steals the puck, but then he raises his head and let's the defense close the gap on him which completely neutralizes him. You see the potential, he's big, sound without the puck, hits, is fast, etc., but he needs to take faster decisions with the puck.
Gionta and Kostitsyn were very good. Gio was his usual self while Kostitsyn looked very involved. Really hope he plays like this all season long. Gomez, though, seemed somewhat disinterested, he wasn't trying all that hard.
Engqvist got a nice shot on his goal, and continues to play strong defensively. He doesn't really have much to play with though. Schultz was disappointing compared to Friday, he looked slow and out of place. Wyman was, again, mister invisible.
On defense, all of them did pretty well overall but made blatant horrible mistakes. They were very good at keeping the Wild to the outside most of the time. Still, Carle, Subban and Picard all made big mistakes that led to goals. Picard also didn't seem that good offensively, his shot is horribly inaccurate. He isn't that bad, but I thought his strengh was offence. Nash's goal was lucky as Kudobin had fallen down, but he moves the puck well. Needs time in the AHL, but he has potential. Henry is much too slow for the NHL. Finally, O'Byrne was as invisible as Friday. No big hit, no offensive play, he's steady in his own end but doesn't go out to hit the opponent. It isn't really that bad, but considering his preseason last year it's a tad disappointing to see him as reserved.
Last edited by La Grosse Tendresse: 09-26-2010 at 09:37 PM.