Our zone coverage has been really good. Our passing and transition game from the back end has been horrible, to the extent that our beat writers were discussing our "turnover problem" by about game 3 of the season. Two of our loses are directly attributable to massive defenseman turnovers that led to goals. Also our defense has produced a combined 7 points, so anybody ready to pat them on the back for "creating offense" should think again. So let's not sing kumbaya just yet eh boys?
But look at the defense we have!
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I think we have great defense, but relative to what seems reasonable to expect from this squad, they've done a pretty good job of keeping the other team from scoring goals. The games have been tight and we've been in nearly all of them.
And we still have Kindl in the lineup, who hasn't been good, but he's hardly been terrible.
If we can find a way to add a solid 3-4 d-man via trade at some point this season, we're going to be in pretty damn good shape in the grand scheme of things. It's not going to be great anytime soon barring something dramatic, so again, I'm going to try to judge them relative to what's reasonable to expect out of this specific squad.
It could be a lot worse.
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