Did Smith piss in your cheerios? He had a very good game. He went up against crosby a number of times and came out of it with the puck. Aside from his dumb moment against Edmonton he has been very good over the last 4 games. He is showing poise - and Kronner isn't just covering up for him - I haven't seen Kronner have to straight up bail smith out when they played together - its more that he has a partner that is confident and supports him.
Quincey, although he has played much better defensively lately (credit due), still gives the puck away way too much - this tends to be a stretch pass that gets intercepted at our blue line that comes back for a shot.
This is what I'm talking about. You're using turnovers to criticize Quincey and willfully ignoring the fact that Smith has MORE of them. It is a FACT that despite almost 3 fewer minutes on ice per game (average), Smith still has MORE turnovers. And here you are saying Quincey's bad because he turns the puck over too much.
Am I eating crazy pills? Quincey plays more even strength and special teams, has more hits, more blocked shots, fewer giveaways, more takeaways, more shots, more goals, and fewer missed shots.
Smith has five fewer penalties, and four more assists than Quincey. That's it. In no other way is he a better player, and yet everyone around here will defend him to the death and blame Quincey to the moon.
Smith didn't piss in my cheerios. I do, however, get frustrated when purported "intelligent" fans A) don't see that Smith isn't all that good (yet), and B) blame his mediocre play on someone else (as if his failure to shoot, hit, block shots, pass, or take the puck away is somehow Kindl, Lashoff, or Quincey's fault).
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