Without Kes in the lineup, we played a more responsible defensive game. With Kes in the lineup, and now Booth, it looks like we are thinking offense-first. This isn't really a bad thing, as it makes for exciting hockey (I think we would all agree the first period tonight was pretty damn entertaining), but doesn't result in our desired outcome, which are wins.
Since Kes's return, the defense seem to be making bad decisions at the other team's blue line (i.e., glaringly bad pinches); and forwards are fumbling the puck in our zone near our blueline without getting the puck out because they're trying to make a pretty pass out of the zone.
As well, with Kes back in the lineup, other than the Sedins, Burrows, and Higgins, it seems like everyone else has decided to take a mental holiday (or to put it in another way, have had a collective let down in intensity of play).
Edler's play continues to deteriorate (in spite of his goal tonight)...he just doesn't look right to me (and it's more than the right side he is playing), so having him on the ice as much as he is doesn't help the cause at this time.
Lastly, I think AV has a lot to do with the three game skid we're on, with mixing up the lines trying to accommodate Kes's return.
I'm sure playing better teams in Dallas, St. Louis, and Chicago has something to do with our mini-slump, but I'm of the opinion that as we crank up our defensive intensity, we will see a return to winning ways.
The one thing I liked about tonight's game was that we showed veteran confidence in being able to come back against a really good Hawks team to at least gain a point (yah, I know, that's a small consolation prize, but it's still a point in the standings).
Edited by disisdayear, 19 February 2013 - 11:14 PM.