Secondary scoring? We finished 5th and 1st the last two years in scoring goals.
Naysayers say secondary scoring has let us down in the play off's...
But as much as there is an element of fact in that last statement statement; the achilles heel was the contributing factors. The achilles heel was injuries; most significantly to Ryan Kesler (in relation to secondary scoring)! And maybe more significant; our lines had weaknesses which left us subject to match up problems.
But there is a solution to all these contributing factors;
1) Our 1st line is small, and very predictable as to when they will play > therefore plan match ups that can physically overwhelm them.
2) Our 2knd line is big, fast and physical and our only 2 way line, but lacks a play maker.
3) Our 3rd line has routinely (except with CoHo) been a defensive only line, effective at that, but also lacks play making.
The solution is to mix and match our best players to craft lines that both have a play maker, and still all compete physically. I suggest Danny/Kess/Booth and Burr/Hank/Kassian. Both top lines would now have speed, size, great goal scoring potential and have world class guys to control the play and distribute.
THEN break out (double shift) Danny and Hank with Burr for key offensive situations > the PP, send them over the boards after every icing against opponents. I reckon the extra play then also gets Danny and Hank on in more situations, which will rejuvenate them. And the team, as our best players will be on the ice in more situations. It's also pretty easy to predict that Kess/Booth would get more goals, and Kassian's development would get a serious boost taking passes from the world's current best passer.
Fans would also see that the Twins compete more than they are given credit for!
Defs secondary scoring. Sedins will be getting shutdown all day long its boys like booth higgy kes ray lappy that gotta come through in those situation.
and speaking of achilles i don't know if you guys have heard but Samuel Pahlsson has severed his achilles tendon while playing in Sweden
Edited by Canuck Surfer, 22 September 2012 - 05:17 PM.