When Zetterberg and Filppula are only average offensively, this team doesn't have enough to compete with the NHL's elite. We are just a mediocre team at best without them. It's too easy on other team's defenses - they only worry about one line...
Zetterberg has been utterly useless offensively. He charges into the zone and does one of three things:
a) shoots from 60 feet with no traffic
b) stops moving his feet, spreads his legs and tries to glide past 2 defenders
c) cuts to the half wall, chews 15 seconds off the clock and gives the puck away
Filppula is equally as useless because for all the flash and dash stuff, he never shoots the puck. Defending Filppula is like a night off for the opposing defensemen.
Pav and Mule were invisible against Edmonton and they've looked fairly pedestrian through 20 minutes of this one.
We may be outshooting them 17-8, but a good 10 of those shots never had a prayer of going in or yielding a rebound.
Also, Meech plays defense while "being a forward". He collapses on the rush instead of attacking the guy crossing the line, which gives them a free pass into the zone on every rush.