I am not sure our forwards group is talented or fast enough right now, especially without steen and tank.
I am really disappointed with Derek Roy's play this year.
Steve Ott has been a turd thus far. He was -4 yesterday @ Chi.
I think the comment about lack of offensive and defensive adjustments is clearly a good observation.
We had the same issues in the playoffs the last couple years. We keep doing the same thing hoping that doing it better will get a different result.
I think a few issues are factors.
#1 we lack elite level offensive talent. While we have three lines, at full health, that are second line quality on a contender, we don't really have anyone (at this stage in his career) that is capable of being the best player on an elite first line. We don't really have anyone that can elevate the game of checking line caliber players to scoring line players. No matter who we face in the playoffs, the single best offensive talent in the series will be on the other team; with some potential opponents, as many as the 4 best offensive talents in the series will be on the other team.
#2 we lack scoring depth in the organization. with injury, we are filling in with checking line types (Paajarvi, Jaskin, Ott). Jaskin may develop into a scorer some day, but he's not providing much right now. Since our scoring relies on balance across the line(due to #1 above), this leads to the opponent having an easier time shutting that line down as they can focus on the better players; its like playing a man short especially if its Ott. And unlike last season's stretch run, we are getting zip out of our 4th line. Maybe we should give Rattie a call up?
#3 contrary to popular opinion that the Blues are a tough physical team that wears out their opponents, I think our system wears out our
team. They looked tired in the second half of last year. I remember in particular a road win
at Winnipeg late in the year in which Blake Wheeler made us look like we were skating in mud. The same thing seems to be happening this year. Less than a week to the playoffs and a probable conference championship season, the constant post-game refrain is not good enough effort. There was one good stretch yesterday when we had the Hawks hemmed in the zone for an extended shift and it ended with the 'exhausted' Hawks getting a breakaway.
#4 Steve Ott sucks.