I think Datsyuk and Richards have the right idea on offense. Not too cute but quick bang bang plays. And what ever happened to us scoring on deflections and screens, rebound goals even. There's been a handful all year. Have we scored from the point all year?
And Z has scored 2 goals in like 45 games. That is ridiculous. He has stopped making a conscious effort to get pucks to the net and it's showing statistically. We're counting on a rookie and a grinder to consistently score on our first line
the A is a complete different monster. Everytime Pulk went down last season it seemed like he scored 100 goals, then up here he had a hard time bringing that with him. Jurco will be the same. Right now he is too good for the A, and scoring at will, but when he comes back, even with Larkin type minutes, it just won't translate...i hope I'm wrong though.
Pulkinnen is putting up decent numbers in the NHL but he's not a top six forward yet. Both him and Jurco should be able to produce on the third line. Now if only we had two proven goal scoring wingers to put in the top six
Agreed. They were on in OT together as well. they don't work together. Blash needs to stop putting them together. And Pulkkinen needs to get back on the 3rd line.
Tatar and Nyqvist have been unquestionably our go to guys offensively for two straight years and now suddenly we have acquired the luxury of playing them on our third line because our scoring depth is unbelievable? Blash is wrong on this one. If Tatar and Nyqvist were being set up by Dats and Z and getting more minutes we would have won this game.
I agree with moving Helm up to the top 9. I've being saying this since he found his legs. He's the only reason that 4th line has been so great. I think Blash has blinders for the players he wants to see do well and not recognizing whose actually making things happen on the ice. This thing he has with Pulkinnen is 10 times more frustrating for me then Babs with Abby and Glendening
Boston is the highest scoring team in the league with their personnel... I think our coach can muster up a little more offence with this roster. Would help if our highest scorers weren't treated like depth guys... And why has Abby become an unmoveable staple of the first line? He has no fine touch and he's never going to beat a goalie unless the puck deflects off of him. At least try it out, Blash has moved better players than him down the lineup
Jurco is good. Lot of people going to be eating crow on here.
People acting like it would be some miracle for him to be a regular NHLer... Getting pretty ridiculous. I think he can step in and be a competent third liner and add a lot of size. Going forward with age he can move his way into the top six pretty easily, if not oh well. Hes already a third liner imo
Seems we're missing that fine touch, hopefully the vet can help with a more precise offense and Pulkinnen ehhh idk I feel bad for Dats, no fore check at all on that line.
Blash has given Pulkinnen every chance to succeed that's for sure. Please be showcasing him for a trade....
So eighth seed teams should just give up unless you're the LA kings? Hockey more than any other sport, all 16 teams have a real shot. Eighth seed go deep all the time and every single extra playoff game makes the young guys that much better. If Larkin played with us last year against Tampa he would be a much better player at this point despite us not making it out of the first round. You start missing the playoffs it changes the environment around the team and guys like Dats probably wouldn't have stuck around
You shouldn't be expecting this team to be seriously contending for a Stanley Cup at this point. Our next wave of elite talent is being developed, once Larkin and co. are in their prime I will be concerned if we're not one of the very best teams in the league. Until then we still have a shot, like most teams in the league. I think everybody in the organization still strives to be the very best that they can but they're more focused on the future