Skating- Andersson Both have similar top end speed, Andersson has better acceleration and agility.
Faceoffs- Andersson Glendening is still learning after being a winger for most of his hockey career and should get better, but might and should doesn't get you much.
Offensive awareness Andersson Neither have lit it up, but Andersson at least has 13 points. Glendening gets less TOI a game and hasn't played with many quality line mates but he should have more than 4 assists at this point.
Defensive awareness-push neither are Selke candidates, but both are solid defensive forwards
Grit-Glendening Andersson is about as gritty as a marshmallow while Glendening is at least willing to get in peoples' faces.
I want to see them putting a few games together where they play really hard. No more games like that St. Louis no show.
The talent is not in the lineup, but that's no excuse not to play hard every game. Today, they played really hard. Last game, they didn't. To me, that's more important than who is or isn't in the lineup. I've seen them take too many games off the last few years even when healthy.
Weiss #90 suits him, he's playing like a 90 year old out there.. geez i would blow him away with hustle speed shot you name it. I'm baffled as to how this guy ever got a 4+m contract for 5 years. HOW?!?! Watch Datsyuk come back and Andersson get shafted cause of Weiss.
He got that contract based on his history. He had been a very effective player for a long time. Every analyst touted the contract given to him. Unfortunately, he has been inexplicably awful.
Weiss is playing on the 4th line, and Andersson is a mainstay on the penalty kill. It'll be Samuelsson or (more likely) Cleary who'll get the boot when Datsyuk returns.
I really despise Dan Cleary, and Babcock's inexplicable devotion to him is beginning to seriously perturb me. I understand that Quincey must play, as there are no other defensemen available. But it was clearly unnecessary for Cleary to be on this team to begin with, let alone playing in every game, let alone playing on the first line. It is a !@#$ing travesty. Put ANY FORWARD but Cleary there. LITERALLY ANY OF THEM. Every single one forward on this team would do better than him. This is not an exaggeration, and it makes the issue infuriating.
I like it! When you win faceoffs, possess the puck and keep it in their end you don't give up shots.
Helm is still as fast as ever. Good start, definitely something to build on... got some good PK time later in the game.
Tatar might have been the best player on the ice tonight. He's hungry. I'm stoked that he's earning it.
The Tatar, Andersson, Abby line is hot and probably needs to stay together... I wonder, though, if it would be even better with Helm when he's back up to full speed.
Chemistry between Pav, Z, and Bert is awesome.
Smith loves to take penalties... DD is the man... When E comes back Smith should sit.
Wondering what the heck we do with Cleary... I mean, he's not a 2nd line guy or a PP guy... he's just not. 1st line is set, 3rd line appears set for now, what happens when Franzen comes back? Flip a coin to see who's on the 2nd line and whose on the 4th? I still think Franzen is better than Cleary... maybe his effort level isn't as high, but he finishes. Regardless, I'm happy.
I think Eaves, Helm, and Miller would make a superb 4th line.