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Tailing the Komets

Player of the week?

In four games last week, Colin Chaulk scored four goals and nine points and was plus-3. That could be tough to beat.


Mon, 03/26/2012 - 10:26am

Note to Mike in Toronto. 

Colin Chaulk is playing his best hockey of the whole season right now.  His hustle and his leading by example is so very evident.  Truly the way a "captain" would react when his team needed a boost.

Just thought you'd like to know, Mike.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 11:58am

According to tthe CHL website, it shows Henley was suspended 3 games.

Mike From Toronto
Mon, 03/26/2012 - 12:11pm

Thanks Alan. I have been watching and listening.  The results are great, I hope he has been hustling all the time because that is his game. Sometimes the bounces just don't  come.  There was a quote in one of Blake's latest articles where Colin was critical of the team and centered himself out specifically. Sometimes you say something in public then go back and look in the mirror and the reality sets in. "I must do better".

We will look for a great team effort in a tough environment at RC. A split would be fantastic and realistic.  What about do you think?

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 4:56pm

Apparently 9 points wasn't good enough.





Tue, 03/27/2012 - 10:39am

Good morning, Mike.  You are correct.  A split in Rapid City would be terrific. 

The Rapid City squad isn't the same team the Komets faced earlier in the year.  They were weighted down with plenty of injuries at that time.  Just working on a 'gut" feeling, I think Rapid City is the toughest team to face in the playoffs right now ( speaking of Turner Conference teams only, of course).

Statistically, the two teams are pretty similar.  Goals for and goals against are very close.  The Rush seem to have a couple of prolific scorers, while the Komets may(?) have more balance,  Plus/minus stats are also very close.  As you probably know, I have been calling for more offense for the Komets all year.  However, at this time, I am greatly concerned about the defense.  Injuries to B. Molle, T.J. Miller, and the suspension to Henley can be deal breakers now.  The CHL can add two amateur players ( or two college players) to the roster.  I don't think the Komets have done anything as yet.

I am not upset that the series is starting in Rapid City, and for all those who cry about the scheduling need to realize that the Coliseum is a building that is in the business to occupy itself.  Scheduling problems are a fact of life and I am sure we are all happy that the Coliseum is a successful entity.  Without that success we wouldn't be able to enjoy a building that is clean and heated.

With that said, and the prospect being that a couple of players may join the team, I think it retards the chances of them being on the squad for the first two games.  The team is leaving tomorrow for the trip.  I would hope that the K's are looking for a couple of D-men.  Just the idea that they could play a shift or two would take a lot of pressure from the others in terms of fatigue.

The schedule also includes a pretty hectic amount of travel between games six and seven, if needed.

As is often stated, defense wins championships.  That is the Komets achilles heel right now.

Mike, I don't want to jinx anything or anyone, but this is going to be tough.

Mike From Toronto
Tue, 03/27/2012 - 10:57am

Alan, I agree. This is going to be very tough. The Henley deal ranks right up there with Nick's " Off the top rope" act. You wonder what the guys are thinking. Unfortunately this suspension could be the series. Too bad after he had such a great year.