Stormcloudmember66 Posted March 10 Report Share Posted March 10 "Let me take your order sir" "I would like an order of perspective" Well, here it is..... We have gotten destroyed/embarrassed/badly beaten/outplayed/call it what you will. Boston, Toronto, Isles, Columbus, were all very bad dominant losses. In between we also had some good wins and some close losses. The Tampa, Wash, and Florida wins were our best. We are 3rd in scoring, 27th in GAA, 4th in PP, 31st in PK, and 3rd in PIM. For a long time we were the only team in the NHL with 5 20+ scorers. We have fixed our scoring problem it seems (Although we have not scored as much when we got dominated.) Dominating teams are all very tight checking teams that do not give space and time. Our players as good as they are in scoring, are not as good as creating their own space and time and we are 100% definitely not good at one on one battles. Against Dallas, from what i watched (Shut it off end of 1st) we could not win one battle on the boards, to get free, or to take away. Our goaltending is disgraceful with the exception of Anderson who can only play 1 of every 4 or 5 games. Our defense and our forwards have minimum skill of defensive play in our own zone. How many times through the year is someone left open in front of our net? How many times has forward been in front of our net and we cannot clear them? In the offensive zone, we play the perimeter and very rarely go to the front of the net. When we shoot from the perimeter, we either beat the goalie or they make the easy save as not a Sabre is in sight. There are some great things with this team, but the same old problems rear their head. I do not care what you have coming up the pipeline, if we do not fix the teams problem, we are just bringing in fresh meat to score more, but fail. I know many do not agree, that's ok, it makes the world go round, but i am not wrong here. This team is weak when it comes to the basics of hockey. It is a physical sport. There is a defensive and offensive side. You cannot ignore one over the other. You have to exert the body to win the battles. Swinging the stick does not count and shying away from contact. You have to give to get, they are not giving enough. 6 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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