That's where we are at with this lineup..we can play a pretty good game which we did tonight and still lose against good teams. We used to be good enough where we could play at 60% all night and still win..those days are long gone.
Playing a pretty good game often gets cancelled out when you regularly give up goals in the last minute. Whether healthy or not, they have got to figure out how to stop crapping their collective pants on the ice at the very end of games.
The best players have to play like it and they didn't at all on that last play. How about someone force MacKinnon to do something other than exactly what he wants? Nah, no one even skate towards him. Let's all just freeze in place and then allow him to pass the puck through us.
Detroit's m.o. - let them score in the last minute every game.
I'd rather see a clear plan and not half measures. The current plan is purely half measures, not wanting to either do what it takes to compete for a cup nor actually put the effort into a real rebuild. And to be honest I think that it will cause it to take more years to do it this halfassed way than it would to actually commit to a rebuild.
I guess I've been still holding out that this 'rebuild on the fly' deal that they're been trying to pull off would work out. It would be way more awesome if they were able to retool the lineup and get back into Cup contention without missing the playoffs. It seemed like it was going pretty well until they ran into all of these injuries this season and last.