Umm, Red Wings were actually pretty dominant on Faceoffs tonight. That is one thing that they all did pretty good tonight. As for the defense coverage, I agree that they need to take a bit more of a simplistic approach... there are times where they look like a timbits team chasing after the puck.
As for the 2nd powerplay unit, I disagree with you. A couple games ago, everyone was praising Babs and coaching staff for how great that unit was on the PP, now all of a sudden Babcock is dumb for that?? Come on, that line just had a really off night tonight, no need to blame Babs for that. Like I said earlier, there is no reason Babs couldn't have left Pavs and Hank out there the entire PP in the 3rd since the 2nd unit was so bad all night. The Pens and Caps are able to keep their key guys out the entire 2 min, so we can too sometimes.
Another thing that needs to be fixed is the PK. It is simply a disaster! They look so disorganized, its not even funny. The problem is that this season Babs is just throwing out random forwards to kill off penalties, and they never have the same partner- - same for the Dmen. In 2008 our PK was so successful because we had units, and we stuck to them. I dont care what anyone says, our PK is 10 times better when Pavs and Z are on a unit killing it off (it worked then) and they both like to do it. So they should be a unit, along with Helm and Miller/Eaves and Fil/Cleary as the 3rd unit. That way there, each unit has forwards who are used to one another, which will help organize and kill off penalties.
First I made a thread about criticizing Babs 2nd unit a few weeks ago so dont call me on being a flip flop. The thread is entitled WHAT IS BABS THINKING? The umbrella play is retarded and easily beat. They need to stop. That unit being good once or twice out of 8 games is horrific. If we have them out for 4 mins a game and they score once in eight games thats over 30 mins to get one goal, sadly its worse than that.
As far as FOs, we gave up a lot of key ones including draws on PP that killed a ton of time, god I wish we had Drapes still.
As far as the PK, you said it better than I could have and I believe its a micro chasm for the play in general.
Anyone have some optimistic views on our play lately? I know its great that Jimmy had a son and thats awesome but as far as the game goes, I cant see any rays of light after this one and am looking for a way to perk up after this abortion of a run so far.
Edited by Cali-Wing-Nut, 29 October 2011 - 01:07 AM.