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Done with the Negatives

Postby Oaklandblue » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:21 am

Now, I know we all come on here and generally complain that X is worthless, trade them, Y sucks, bench them, why won't they start Z in goal instead of L, so on and so forth. So let's tact this at a difference angle: What are our strengths?

If we sucked as hard as some people claim, we'd be at the bottom of the standings, no matter how hard we played or how highly/optimistically we thought of our team, so we are at least doing some things right, so what are they?

And please, don't say winning ;)
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Re: Done with the Negatives

Postby dmiles2186 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:31 am

Depth has been a strong suit the last two seasons. When we have everyone healthy, we're rolling a lineup as deep as any in the league. We have 4 lines who have the ability to score and Hitch will use his 4th line deep into the 3rd period if need be.
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Re: Done with the Negatives

Postby DaDitka » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:54 am

We have a towel guy, an intermission whore and a powerplay dance.
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Re: Done with the Negatives

Postby cprice12 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:35 pm

Coming into this season I would have said goaltending, defense and dedication to hard work.

But since that isn't the case anymore. Goaltending has been poor...and even Allen's numbers aren't great, but he's putting up W's...so all is well that ends well there, but it's not a strength right now.
Defense has been inconsistent.
And lack of consistent hard work is probably the #1 problem right now.

Our PK is looking pretty good. I'd call that a strength.
We have very nice offensive depth when healthy.

I wish I could say the power play, but that hasn't been a real strength for the last 10 games.

Here we go...
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Re: Done with the Negatives

Postby fargoblues » Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:02 pm

We have, bar none, the most GLBT-friendly announcing crew on teh FSN-MW, not that there's anything wrong with that.

How many other teams can boast a hall-of-fame former player inside the glass for home games, who can sell cabinets, countertops, mortgages, fact-check said announcing crew, and drink Busch Light, all with equal effectiveness.
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Re: Done with the Negatives

Postby Itchty Meat Hammer » Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:16 pm

HITE! I'd be alllllrigghhhhtt if Pang stuck around. Him + the radio crew (Kerber & Chase) would be very fun to listen to.
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Re: Done with the Negatives

Postby glen a richter » Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:22 pm

Listening to some of the other announcers on center ice, I'm content with our team. They say some absurd things from time to time, but it beats the hell out of getting stuck with the San Jose feed, or the Phoenix feed good lord that was horrendous.
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Re: Done with the Negatives

Postby Kreegz2 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:48 pm

glen a richter wrote:Listening to some of the other announcers on center ice, I'm content with our team. They say some absurd things from time to time, but it beats the hell out of getting stuck with the San Jose feed, or the Phoenix feed good lord that was horrendous.

The San Jose guys and the Vancouver guys are without a doubt the worst announcers in the league. Their bilnd stupidity towards the game baffles my mind. I would literally rather watch the game muted while listening to Nickleback turned up to 11 than listen to those two teams PBP guys.

We just need to get Wilson/Micheletti back.
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Re: Done with the Negatives

Postby Portland Blues » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:26 pm

Kreegz2 wrote:
glen a richter wrote:Listening to some of the other announcers on center ice, I'm content with our team. They say some absurd things from time to time, but it beats the hell out of getting stuck with the San Jose feed, or the Phoenix feed good lord that was horrendous.

The San Jose guys and the Vancouver guys are without a doubt the worst announcers in the league. Their bilnd stupidity towards the game baffles my mind. I would literally rather watch the game muted while listening to Nickleback turned up to 11 than listen to those two teams PBP guys.

We just need to get Wilson/Micheletti back.


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Re: Done with the Negatives

Postby WaukeeBlues » Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:43 am

dmiles2186 wrote:Depth has been a strong suit the last two seasons. When we have everyone healthy, we're rolling a lineup as deep as any in the league. We have 4 lines who have the ability to score and Hitch will use his 4th line deep into the 3rd period if need be.


My first thought as well. Some teams, if you take out their top 2-3 offensive players, they're f**ked. Blues just bump everyone up a notch.

PP was looking really good earlier but I haven't seen many games lately and according to Curt it's not looking so hot right now and I can't argue one way or the other. And we do have some guys, night in and night out that work their butts off no matter what: Oshie and Sobotka being the poster-children. I agree with Curt that when we work hard and keep cool heads we're damn near unstoppable.
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Re: Done with the Negatives

Postby Shanahan19 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:49 am

Depth is a plus.

Youth is a plus.

FSN brunette is a plus.

We have lots of tools and weapons, just need it to mold together.
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Re: Done with the Negatives

Postby KCFederko » Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:04 pm

The ONLY thing this team has lacked all season long it solid play in goal.

Many whined and cried about Allen being given a chance in goal, but all the kid has done is go 7-1.

Some still complain that his 2.33 GAA avg and .915 GAA isnt good enough, but it is good enough to rank in the top half of the league and way better than what Halak and Elliott have provided.

I predict that Allen gets the majority of starts from here on out and Blues hold onto the #4 spot in the West and are at home for the 1st round of the playoffs.

This team is still really, really solid.

The only place of concern I can see is at Left D.
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Re: Done with the Negatives

Postby cardsfan04 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:08 pm

KCFederko wrote:The ONLY thing this team has lacked all season long it solid play in goal.

Many whined and cried about Allen being given a chance in goal, but all the kid has done is go 7-1.

Some still complain that his 2.33 GAA avg and .915 GAA isnt good enough, but it is good enough to rank in the top half of the league and way better than what Halak and Elliott have provided.

I predict that Allen gets the majority of starts from here on out and Blues hold onto the #4 spot in the West and are at home for the 1st round of the playoffs.

This team is still really, really solid.

The only place of concern I can see is at Left D.


I'm not sure it's the only issue we had, but it certainly compounded the fact we weren't playing a full 60.

I don't think most people were angry that Allen got a shot. I just think it came as a surprise. He is certainly playing well enough to justify the decision though. I also think that if he was 2.33/.915 when he was called up, people wouldn't have been as surprised.

It's a little early to call this as a lot could change, but each progressive game it is starting to look more and more like he is the new number 1. That could change really quickly, but it wouldn't shock me if this ends up being the start of Allen's "reign" as our permanent number one.
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Re: Done with the Negatives

Postby Oaklandblue » Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:27 pm

On this team, the GAA is very, very deceptive. You got a lot of games where we've allowed <20 shots on goal, a true testament to the success of Hitch's D-First style. A netminder that lets even one in, is going to have their GAA drop. If you're allowing 2 goals a game, your GAA is going to be under .900.

I think we're better off looking at it from win/loss and effort than anything else. Allen goes after the impossible shots on goal, he doesn't give them up unless he can't do anything in his power to stop them, but at least he tries and there's the difference that a lot of the team needs to embrace since when we try and play, we generally win. It's not an issue of effort but desire. Allen plays hungry. I love it. That is a positive role model there. And it's evidently contagious because when he's in goal, the team plays hungry. Everyone looks better.
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