Fort Wayne has lost five of six games
Shave the mustaches.... As they have grown longer, the losses have piled up...lol
Also, 16 games equals about 22% of the season...by game 18, a quarter of the season will have passed us by. In a stronger league, we cannot expect them to just turn on the jets like they have in years past. They need to be fighting for these points now, not after the new year...
JR1 is quite correct. After the second game in Gwinnett this week, the Komets will have completed 25% of their schedule.
There have been so many reasons given by the team, management, and coach for the unacceptable record achieved so far. Let's consider some of them:
1) Injuries. Yes, the Komets have players hurt. But I would submit two things: first, every team has some guys out, and two, let's take a look at the K's situation. Chris Auger is out for the season, he is not coming back so there is no use on harping on it. Thomas Beauregard was brought in to replace him with his scoring ability. Eric Giosa is an entirely different matter. He is out for an uncertain amount of time and really makes a difference. The Komets miss his scoring ability and his absence puts a hole in one of the lines. Matt Kennedy has produced one assist in seven games. Not a game changer with him on the IR, right? Ryan Hegarty? Well. maybe because you'd like to have a full complement of defensemen to choose from. Marco Cousineau? As long as Reiter and Effinger are here,there is not much need for a third goaltender.
So with injuries the Komets really miss Giosa. His absence hurts. Missing Auger hurts also but he is gone and replaced by Beauregard. The others don't have a season changing effect in my opinion.
2) Fatigue. Injuries give an opportunity for others to step up. The real reason for fatigue is not the injuries or schedule. It is from taking stupid penalties. As much as I admire Chaulk and respect him for trying to step up and lead his team, I hate his stupid penalties. Most are from his stick and are born from him getting beat and trying to slow someone up. Do what you preach, please! This team just can't eliminate the non-stop trips to the penalty box that just wears out the penalty kill and slams to a stop any momentum built. Many players must have a warm fuzzy feeling for the penalty box because they seem to spend a lot of time there every game. We know who they are.
3) Scoring. This is the the huge weakness and needs to be addressed. When you can score goals, many "sins" get covered up. You're not playing with desparation, the other team is. You don't have to pinch a defenseman down low, the other team will have to. Scoring opportunities will open up, and you will make your goaltending better.
Here is a startling fact. ( Remember, I said fact). Brent Henley, Daniel Maggio, Daniel Nycholat, Tyler Butler, and Gabe Guentzel (all defensemen) have more points than both Thorne and Schrock!! Guentzel has only played in three games! Eric Giosa has more goals than both and is tied in points after only three games played. Their value as a "checking line" is diminished because of the lack of scoring on this team. Their scoring is virtually non-existant. To have two of your forwards not chipping in is something that needs to be changed quickly. Remember that 25% of the season will be completed soon, so it's not like they haven't been given an opportunity.
I wish Chauk would shoot more. I wish the forwards would crash the net. I wish the defensemen would clear the crease, and I wish everyone would hit someone on the ice and finish their checks.
Yep, I think scoring would cure many "ills" all at once.
Time to get to work David and Michael.
Don't let "favorites" sway your opinion. Use logic and not emotion when considering these circumstance.
Am I way off base or on target?
I think Alan is right ..I think the one thing we do miss is the big shot from the defense that Jamie Milam & Frankie offered & the skill to set up the powerplay & there stick handling & I would like to see B. Molle come back a solid stay home defensemen ..
Hitting, hitting, hitting, hitting and oh yea...hitting. That will fix most of the problems their seeing on the ice, they wont be the only team that is tired...penalties or not, it opens everything up.