Suter throws the puck to Spurgeon in his own end from 4 feet with a guy on him (and full ice to skate forward or make a different decision). Jets get puck, but turn it over. No harm. However, this is a microcosm of the decline of Suter. His decisions on both ends of the rink have fallen as fast as his skill level (unfortunately, his arrogance hasn’t). Spurgeon bails him out constantly on these ‘hillbilly dumb’ decisions.
Falloff in production from key players.
>>> With an unexpected 40+ goal scorer (Staal) and a red-hot Zucker plus a good contribution from Nino and Granlund, the Wild just made it to the postseason last year. As it was obvious that their numbers would decrease, it was sufficient to anchor this team to the bottom 16. Moreover, Koivu played koivuer... Sustained, Your Honor.
>>> Average, and I would add inconsistent and hot helped by a dec
Honestly, I find this win upsetting. All season they had the ability to control their destiny by just trying and putting in the effort. Majority of the time they didn't. Finally once the control is taken out of their hands they go out and put in a full effort, nice looking game. It's all for nothing. Frustrating.
I hate this season. Feels like a season of a team trying for maybe 25% of the time. This year is so open for anybody in the West to go to the cup. It was the perfect time fo
Curious how many softies Doobie let in - and then if they lost that game ultimately pulling him and losing by 2 or 1... Bet that would be an interesting number... Not to blame just the goalie - but watched a couple of games this year - you know the kinds of goals I'm talking about...
If this year was anything like most of the others over the past decade - I'd say they have a "hunger" issue - and I think it stems from many of the things already mentioned - but just don't seem hungry
Without the ridiculous ice-time, and cherry picked second assists, he would have miserable statistics. He is -6, and would be about -20 without Spurgeon, and all the cheap + shifts that are due to the skills of others, not his own.....