It appears to me like Howard is holding Mrazek back. They can't expect Mrazek to wait until he's 28 before he starts. Sooner or later, Howard has to be moved to the side and he's basically moving himself aside with his play.
exactly. you can't leave mrazek as a backup for the rest of jimmy's contract. something's gotta be done.
Our top D pairing is now a combined minus -12 on the year
this is not good
because they combined with howard's inability to move a puck are a terrible combination. they are constantly flustered. i still can't get over how many times we have control in our zone and can't make one single pass to gain the zone. we are sooooo bad at breakouts. our first pass kills us and any offense we have a chance at.
this is the fear you run into when you suck f*** in the shootout. 5 shootout wins earlier and we'd be laughing right now. instead playoff danger. would be a monumental collapse if we don't do something soon.
i'm so unbelievably disappointed in sportsnet right now. playing the end of af****** recorded tennis match because it has a canadian in it instead of playing what is scheduled. yes the match ran long in third set. BRUTAL!!!
As always, I hate sportsnet.
they have 4 other channels that they could switch over to. it's not on any of the centre ice channels either.
I think the team plays more relaxed in front of Mrazek because of how he handles the puck. He handles it with more confidence than Jimmy. He is also at times more confident and poised in the net. It is also true that sometimes Mrazek will really get a bit lost coming out too far and over-challenging. But, on balance, my opinion is that Jimmy has not played great since coming back from the groin tear (which by the way was caused by one of his horrific mishandles behind the net...resulting in him scrambling awkwardly back to the net). I think overall we played some of our best hockey when Mrazek was starting...perhaps his puck handling gets the offense rolling from the defensive end. I would let Jimmy sit and gather himself for an extended period of time...and go with Mrazek. This team needs a shake up and this would do it. Let Jimmy back up for awhile.
I also would get Marchenko back in there once he is healed and perhaps sit Ericsson for awhile...he makes way too many mistakes and needs a bit of a break.
Weiss should sit as well...he is inconsequential on a team that needs difference makers.
I think players go thru funks and when they are in a funk, just sit them. Rest them for awhile. Don't grind the same guys out there who are having problems.
i say yes to marchenko and to mrazek. i really think we should give weiss a shot at the job he came here for. let him centre the 2nd line for the rest of the season and see how he handles it. it can't be any worse than what is happening right now anyway.