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#21 AIK'91

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 02:23 PM

To be honest I think it's all a matter of him going harder to the net and shooting more often. When Z's off his game his shot total always dips... when he scores in the 40 goal range his shot total is near the top of the league. I know it sounds almost too simple but in the end taking 6+ shots a game is going to get you goals.


Right now, Zetterberg's shot total is good for 8th in the league. The bigger problem is that he hasn't been taking many quality shots for much of the season.

For whatever reason, Z doesn't have that explosiveness right now or the same tenacity on the puck. He was never the greatest skater, but he used to always outhustle everyone in the offensive zone--leading to sustained pressure. Now his chances seem to be more or less one-and-done.


On a side note, he wasn't at his best last regular season either. But we were winning games and nobody complained. It wasn't until the playoffs that he was a dominant force out there. Hopefully, he can turn it around here real quick. We're going to need Zetterberg in Conn Smythe form.

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 02:30 PM

Right now, Zetterberg's shot total is good for 8th in the league. The bigger problem is that he hasn't been taking many quality shots for much of the season.

For whatever reason, Z doesn't have that explosiveness right now or the same tenacity on the puck. He was never the greatest skater, but he used to always outhustle everyone in the offensive zone--leading to sustained pressure. Now his chances seem to be more or less one-and-done.


On a side note, he wasn't at his best last regular season either. But we were winning games and nobody complained. It wasn't until the playoffs that he was a dominant force out there. Hopefully, he can turn it around here real quick. We're going to need Zetterberg in Conn Smythe form.


Wow. To be honest, from watching the games it felt like he was passing instead of shooting on most occasions. I'm shocked he's 8th in shooting.

In that case your analysis is more accurate.
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Posted 11 March 2010 - 02:37 PM

Compared to recent years, I have noticed a distinct lack of cutting to the net with the puck for the whole team this year. Every time someone gets in, its ring around the outside, back of the net, scrum on the wall, and then out of the zone. You watch tonight. I have no idea what the deal is. But it isn't just Z out there.

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 10:19 PM

Stepped up nicely tonight w/ 1g 2a vs Minne. Go Z. :thumbup:

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 11:06 PM

This is pretty much a Zetterberg Watch thread.

Yeah he had a good game. I guess is feisty Zetterberg makes for a better Zetterberg. He seemed pissed when giving interviews after it. Why is that?

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 11:14 PM

One goal, two assists, not bad.

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 11:14 PM

I definitely liked the lines in tonights game, everyone else like them?

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 05:02 PM

Z doesn't get to play with the best players like Datsyuk does...Homer is better than Cleary and Franzen is way better than Williams... Hank doesn't have a lot to work with... Hopefully, moving Flip there will help him out.

Couldnt agree more...I like him with Flip- hopefully that line will work!
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 05:12 PM

I definitely liked the lines in tonights game, everyone else like them?

5 - 1. Yup.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 03:46 AM

Zetterberg Watch Update.

He got one assist last night. 5 shots, 1 hit and 4/9 on faceoffs.

Anyone find it a little odd that Zetterberg (17:53) barely got more TOI than Holmstrom (17:37) last night? Well, he was still 3rd in TOI among the forwards.

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 12:31 AM

He was huge in the last minute against Calgary. Him and Fil are still a work in progress but I think they're moving forward.

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 01:16 AM

I don't know what anyone else thinks but he really seems depressed out there sometimes. :unsure:

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 01:44 AM

I don't know what anyone else thinks but he really seems depressed out there sometimes. :unsure:


Seemed pretty excited when the horn blew in Vancouver about 3 hours ago. =)

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 01:48 AM

Seemed pretty excited when the horn blew in Vancouver about 3 hours ago. =)


Yeah yeah I know. I just hope it's some sort of turning point for him.

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 02:40 AM

Yeah yeah I know. I just hope it's some sort of turning point for him.



He has 60 points in 63 games, more pts per gm than Datsyuk. I think he may have already had a turning point.

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 03:32 AM

He has 60 points in 63 games, more pts per gm than Datsyuk. I think he may have already had a turning point.


I hope so. Overall though, watching him this year has been very different both on the ice and during press conferences. He really looks like he's laboring both physically, mentally and emotionally and has just flat out looked worn out at times.

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 03:59 AM

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 04:01 AM

Zetterberg has always been pretty mellow and laid back.

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 04:27 AM

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 07:28 AM

Is this Raffi?





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