And Burrows got really unlucky too (where Raymond spinorama passed to him). Niemi is garbage, he got super lucky.
Also, Edler is known to have occasional stinkers. While this isn't a good excuse at all, we know that a lot of the problems observed tonight are outliers. Edler was directly responsible for one or two goals, and we know this play won't happen the next game.
Schneider didn't play like last year's Schneider, but at the same time, I think our D is still getting to know the game better. Ballard and Tanev should be getting more ice time. They deserve it.
Unfortunately, I had work, so I missed the game, but from the highlights, what I could deduce was:
- PP sucked
- Defense sucked
- Schneider was average
- Sedins didn't do anything (clarify for me?)
- Raymond looked fine (once again, clarify for me?)
- Hansen looked pretty good
- Ballard looked pretty good
We can take away some positives from that list. The PP and defense has been shaky the whole season so far. We need to give it more time. But, Hansen and Ballard are looking solid (especially Hansen; this is a boost to us because he wasn't doing well in the first few games), and so far it seems Raymond's good form is not a lucky accident, but the result of his effort.
Yes, we got wrecked in our own zone. But we had some terrible luck. We exposed the Sharks D at least once on the Hansen breakaway (great pass by Ballard btw), and if a couple bounces went our way, Hansen has a goal, Ballard has a goal, our PP went at least 1/7, and the game suddenly looks way closer.
Thread not meant to be blind homerism positive. It was meant to point out that the game wasn't as bad as it seemed.
Edited by LordofBrussels, 27 January 2013 - 11:37 PM.