Kronwall looks so much more mature and composed this year compared to last Alfredsson penalty had to be called. The 5 on 3 were both weak calls that Boston was getting away with all game. Not to mention the timing of the power plays a little suspicious
Babcock is handcuffing this team. Having a terrible special teams year in and year out, with all the talent on this team, falls on coaching. Being unprepared against a Pheonix team after playing a disgusting game of hockey with 4 days off is a coaching issue. These lines are ridiculous players are being to asked to fill a role that they just can't and no adjustments get made. We were being outplayed from the start of the game to the end and no adjustments were made to lines that were consistently getting scored on and creating no offence. I blame Babcock just as much as Holland for these ridiculous signings because you know he has a major influence.
Cleary, Bertuzzi and Saumelsson are brutal signings that have destroyed the growth of this team. What's worse is that Babcock chooses to play these guys every night. Ridiculous
Babcock is not doing a good job at all. Actually hoping for injuries so Babs hand is forced to make the obvious moves. Babs will say we need to be better and make them practice hard but he sets them up to lose games. Special teams have been a disaster for 3 years kind of ridiculous changes havent been made in that area. There should be 1 of Alfie/Bert/Cleary on this team not all of them in the regular lineup. Meanwhile the defense is hanging by a thread. Any injury to Kronwall, Ericsson, Dekeseyer and even Quincey and this team is hooped.
Babcock isn't doing a good job these first 4 games. These lines are pathetic. Last year the wings success to end the season I think was in despite of the lines and Babcock really. Special teams have been awful the last 4 years and star players numbers are declining big time
Tatar shouldn't be in the lineup unless he gets decent minutes on the third line with powerplay time. Tatar will get his shot whether it be because the power play can't get it together or our bottom six stays a disaster.
I really don't like Abdelkader on the first line. Abs could be great bottom 6 grinder that our team desperately needs. That and simplifying his game helps him out and our team. Maybe Holland and Babs are trying to showcase him for a trade? I'd rather see Cleary, Bertuzzi and even Samuelsson up there.
I'd like bertuzzi on the top line he had a good touch around the net that abdelkader never has had. Hard to believe you put abdelkader on any line and it brings their offensive capabilities down yet he is playing on the first line with datsyuks and zetterberg essentially using them as a grind line