Honestly, this is more than "squeezing their sticks" and being frustrated.
As a team....who is going to stand-out or stand-up and lead by example?
You can be frustrated because the pucks aren't going in. But we went long periods last night where we saw maybe 1 or 2 decent real scoring chances, and our powerplay is horrible.
Just throwing this out there....but does it look to anyone here that these players are playing any sort of system or if they are, is it a system that can work with this group against the other teams?
The games I have seen this season, and I have seen them all, the other teams are pressuring the puck and forcing the defense to make good passes out of the zone and then forcing the next guy to make a decision on whether to carry the puck in or dump it. And we normally dump it, and then the puck gets turned back up the ice, as it seems we aren't applying the pressure onto their puck-handlers and the other teams are allowed to move into our zone easily and set-up scoring chances.
We seem very passive. And it might be because we do have a lack of speed with some of our players and the current system is protecting those guys to prevent break-aways and easy chances.
My thought, they have to find a way to become more aggressive and attack more, instead of always backing off. Let's see how the other team's deal with the pressire of 2 or 3 guys pressuring the defenders in the Komets Zone.
Can our forwards do this effectively? I guess that is the question, also.
Has anyone else notced that our opponents powerplays always have a guy sitting backdoor waiting to slam-dunk the puck in the net.
We never have that in our powerplay. We are 100% from the blue-line, and no one is ever back door looking for a pass to fire into the back of the net.
Yes, on our powerplays, right or wrong, Reiter is always outside the net waiting for the next shot. Well, all they have to do is post a guy behind Reiter, get him the puck and he has essentially an open net. There were more than a few times Reiter went WAY out of the goal to grab a puck, only to have the PT get it back and have a wide open net. I say give Bouche a shot tonight and let Reiter observe the way Bouche doesn't leave the net wide open.
Sorry, I meant THEIR powerplays.
Somebody give Hit a Xanax! Komets will start their winning streak tonight, the Nellies will hide for a week and Schebig will finally be able to change his thong.
Do you really think any goalie would not stay in his net if there was an opponent poised behind the net? No reason not to come out and cut the angle if there is no opposing player behind the net.
JB, have you ever watched Reiter? The guy goes out for coffee some games when he should be in that net....
And Hit, I honestly think our issue is exactly what you described (well, that and every time Reiter plays except the last home game against Bloomy.....he played ok then). Even my kid's squirt house team has a kid who knows that you crash the stinkin' net when you can....garbage goals count just as much as one fired in from the blueline, or one that comes on a breakaway, or whatever.
I truly believe that this group will get it together soon, and we will be fine. Don't we always start doing well right around Christmas? LOL....