Taro T Posted November 24, 2022 Report Share Posted November 24, 2022 Very nice game overall. The D were solid and Jokiharju only found himself below the opposing goal line once which was a big part of them all being solid. The Thompson line & Cozens line both had excellent games. Really glad to see Cozens bury that beautiful setup from his linemates. Have no concerns about Quinn scoring at this level, but Cozens has been snakebit a lot last year and this. (The Peterka goal last night should've been Dylan's - still not sure how he didn't bury it.) Did not realize he had 4 heading into this game (recall 2 of them & thought he had 3) so he's on pace for 20 now. Would really like to see him get there. Liking Jost so far. Not convinced it isn't the new team adrenaline bump, but if it isn't he'll help the cause. A lot of times 1st round picks don't make it with the team that drafted them because the expectation is he has to be top 6 or he's a bust. Paille was a great 4th liner for the B's but never had that option here because of where he was drafted. If he can take Lazar's spot (figuratively, realize he's a W not a C) it would help. Mittelstadt's line was as bad as their haters said in the 1st. But, they actually played pretty well in the 2nd & generated chances in the 3rd. As for UPL, got the feeling that for the 1st time in a long time we got to see what other team's fans often see their backup do against Buffalo. The guy looks shaky early but gets some luck in the shots hitting his pads or going wide. He either escapes the 1st without a goal against or only 1 given up & then has confidence in the 2nd & 3rd. Thought he was shaky until the Tarasenko save in the 2nd & the next 4 shots went right into his logo or leg pads. After that, he looked much more confident. Seems the Blues were reading the old book on him - shoot high. That hasn't been the way to beat him for ~1-1/2 years. His glove was good. The D need to be ready to help limit opponents chances to get him moving. That is what they'll be going after. Get him moving & take the holes that open up. Watched on the tube, but got to watch it with my kid. Fun night. Nice way to enter Thanksgiving. Btw, happy turkey day to all (even our Canadian friends that already had theirs last month & our Euro friends that don't celebrate it at all). Through 20 games, they're only 6 points off a playoff pace. So, the goal becomes 13 points every 10 games from here on out instead of 12. Considering they just went through an 8 game winless streak w/ no OT nor SO losses & that isn't half bad. 0.650 I'd tough, but doable if they can stay reasonably healthy. And that's the benefit of being young - guys are way more resilient and able to avoid injuries than those that are a little older. 8 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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