JWatt (formerly PMS) wrote:
Bad third period, defense has to be stronger on that last goal and Mason is gonna want a couple of those back.
And Perron continues to get bullshit minutes and somehow Brewer got out of this game even.
You forgot to add how shitty Jackman was tonight: bad pass led to a 2-on-1, got beat for a breakaway, and allowed a wide open back door passed that they luckily fanned on in the 1st period, and then got caught up ice for the 2-on-1 that led to the 3rd goal in the 3rd period. He didn't make it out of the game even.
I think this team's biggest problem even with our lack of scoring is defense. We can't get the puck out of our own end or spring any quick breakout or transition passes. I think Murray feels he needs to pack it in defensively as well to compensate for our lack of quality defensemen.
Guess what, Berglund actually starts producing once he gets paired with at least one decent linemate and gets 15 minutes in a game. Who knew?
That's nothing new though, Jackman is pretty bad on most nights. As well, as our defenseman turning the puck over trying to make breakout passes that they shouldn't even be thinking about let alone attempting. I think our scoring would improve greatly with better transition from the defenseman to forwards, obviously, but I think we need a solid puck moving d-man just as much as a scoring forward. EJ and Petro will be there one day, but I think that would be a real key to improving this team tremendously right now, I think our forwards can get it done if they were able to transition better and that starts with the defense.
And I still don't understand why Murray insists on putting Crombeen with Berglund and Perron. At least Steen would bring some kind of offensive upside to that line that Crombeen doesn't. How does he justify having Steen on the power play, but then puts him on a fourth line with McClement and Winchester. And take Tkachuk off that line with McDonald and Boyes, that's almost as bad as having Crombeen with DP and Bergs.