Am I disappointed with the losses? Yes. Am I disappointed with the effort? No. It's not like the Blues are not actually working. There were several times last night the Blues just missed on rebound opportunities. Those will go in as long as the Blues keep working.
Then I ask....why does Hitch clearly disagree.
He had a closed door meeting with the team leaders.
He said they weren't working hard enough.
He said they weren't willing to pay the price.
He said that not everyone is 'all in'.
This isn't a matter of fans 'over-reacting' to some bad luck. The HC is clearly concerned and thus I think its' only fair if some fans chose to share those some worries. You certainly have the right to not be concerned, I have no problem at all with that.
It's as Hitch said last night though...when you're not all in all the time, a hot goaltender can beat you. You have to not allow that to happen. You need to make your own 'luck'.
As for Backes....I completely understand him squeezing his stick to saw dust and have no problems with that. What I find extremely frustrating is his complete ineffectiveness defensively in his own end. Sure, he's had some moments here and there...go back and look at how many goals have come in the last couple of months while he's indecisive in his own end. I'm in no way questioning his effort....not in the least.....but he's clearly struggling mentally. For the most part, he's been invisible this season, and I'm saying that more-so in him defensive play then offensively. He's brought some physicality to his forecheck......but nothing else.
All that said....at least he's in his own end. I believe I've counted at least three goals in the last few games when Perron wasn't even on his side of the ice when a goal was scored against.
IMO, the biggest problem is that I don't see this team playing for eachother. This is not an over-reaction, I was saying the same things during the 6-1 opening streak. This isn't the 'team' we saw last year. I think they are more talented and more dangerous, which is what has masked most of these flaws. But I don't think it's just hot goal-tending on one side and poor goal-tending on the other...I think it's more then that.
Remember....we are sub 500 since the PP cooled down. That must be a lot of 'bad luck'.
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