SpikeDDS Posted December 25, 2013 Share Posted December 25, 2013 OK. We have a few injuries. More than.a few. We are playing with some rookies from GR, and it's good because we get to evaluate our talent. That's good, and there is some real promise On display I think.But it also forces us to put 3rd line guys on more premier lines and see what they can do. And this is unfortunately where many of our issues are.Look at last game, a sorry excuse for a hockey game if you are a Red Wing or a fan. What is telling are the stats:Quincey: -3Cleary: -2Smith: -2The one that really hurts is Quincey. He's supposedly a top-2-pair defenseman, but his play unfortunately suggests the result that he got. And against the Islanders, no less, one of the worst teams in hockey, who just seem to have the RWs number, I must admit. Tavares has eaten our lunch the last few times we've played them. And often, Quincey is a part of the reason why.And Cleary is another guy who just isn't anywhere close to the same player he was during the playoffs last year. He looks very similar to the Cleary we saw in the regular season last year.Smith CAN have an upside, but the downside is that he continues to make mistakes, although the goal where he pinched was a play that was designed for him to pinch, and it just didn't work out. But the problem is that with our offense scoring anorexicly, and with Big E out 3-5 weeks (again), just adding to our list of players out injured, the mistakes stand out more, and now may become more frequent. If we are scoring 4 goals per game, it may not be as big a deal, but we aren't even scoring 2 now, and giving up a goal due to stupid mistakes is tough to overcome right now.I'm not liking what I'm seeing. I'm hoping that Babs and KH see it. Not sure what KH can do about it, but we are vulnerable; it shows; and teams are gonna start targeting those weaknesses if they are not already doing so.Setter berg can't get playing again fast enough.Merry Christmas my fellow forumers!! 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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