Have you ever coached a team?
There are plenty of positives you can take from a loss.
Rotating in rookies or substituting in a defenceman who hasn't played in almost a month - are desperate moves we don't need to make after a very close game 1. We aren't the 2008 versions of ourselves. We came in 8th place. We aren't supposed to win. Does Brendan Smith change all of that? The guy had 2 assists in the last 17 games he played.
When we win tonight with the exact same lineup - I can't wait to hear what Blashill should have done different to win by a higher margin.
There, you said it yourself. The coach is relying heavily on older players who have nothing left in the tank. Fact. He is playing a player they didn't even want any more during the regular season in favour of maybe the one guy in our system who can possibly screen Bishop effectively on the PP. Holland decides to refer to him as a spare part. Hate to know what that makes Andersson after being passed on by literally every team in the league. Hell, nobody else even wanted him for their AHL club.
So if we're supposed to lose anyway, why not give young players a chance to get experience and grow? Because we sure as hell aren't gonna win on the backs of guys who are 35+ who have been playing 20 minutes a night all season long. They had nothing left in the tank 2 months ago, let alone now. But like I said previously. Blash won't make any moves until it is already too late. If ever. Until he shows the guts to to hold vets accountable for bad play, I'll continue to hope for a coaching change.
Sooo many times agreed to this. The all so important streak is alive let's play the kids.
yes, they don't have experience but guess what you don't get playoff experience by not playing! The vets are close to the end of their careers, the transition had to start now sink or swim with them!
I don't know why this staff is so reluctant to let the kids play it just doesn't make sense, guess the Wings would have send down McJesus or Ekblad too
Blash would scratch McDavid because he can't defend, and limit Ekblad to 6 minutes of ice time per game because of his age.
In all honesty I'm surprised they haven't called up Cleary yet. Maybe he will be their answer if they lose tonight.