Chelios was the master of the bad pinch. Seemed like Fisch was defending 2 on 1's every night. Our team is just in need of offense. A couple snipers who need to be guarded tightly allows the guys on the boards to play one on one instead of getting double teamed and then the defensemen pinching don't get as much pressure when they pinch. Half step ahead in the cycle vs. Half step behind makes all the difference.
There's numerous variables that go into offensive production. It's not simply so cut and dry. You can have all the skill in the world, with an all-star top 12 but they aren't going to be able to break into the zone without a proper transition. The start of the transition falls in the hands of the defensemen in almost all cases. They need to give a solid first pass clean on the blade of the moving forwards. If the puck is misplaced behind, infront, at their skates, etc it will cause a delay inwhich you will have more coverage and you won't be moving as cleanly as you should. If you can cleanly exit the zone with a good first pass, you break the neutral zone with speed. You NEED speed through the neutral zone or you're going to get clogged there. Teams will stack the line, and be able to cut your available lanes into the zone. It all goes downhill from there.
Our defense is getting better, but we need a solid group that is used to one another. You can't be switching players everywhere throughout the season, they build no chemistry and they don't get comfortable. You also start sending the message of, "I was apart of a 3-0 win, and played a fine game. We worked hard together, showed that we had desperation in our game and we wanted the win." What do they get awarded with? Roster changes the next game. It gets frustrating.
Our offense needs help, I can agree with you. We need that bonified goal scorer in our top 6. We have no one to turn to when we're in need of a goal. But, we need others thing to help support the offense also. Keeping it within the zone is one of those things also!