Graham not happy with three of four points
Read the comments posted from last night and I must confess I am changing my mind. Listened to the game and thought how many times have we had the lead going into the 3rd period and lost....alot....not sure of the numbers. Seems South Carolina, like K-zoo has the way to beat us in the third....push thru the D, check hard and pound us til they score.....Coach....I think you need to evaluate the players you have and find out why we cannot hold a 3rd period lead....or maybe think deep inside yourself as to why they are not following you.
As to Strang....I would not have played him last night....Grogan is also on a roll and should have played. I asked myself after listening to the game....did Strang play well enough just to lose....think about it
Glad to see the Ks get 3 out of 4 points....lets hope our home stand can stand on its own and we can win a few.
From being there watching live I can tell you Strang didn't lose this game for us. We had our chances and could put the puck in the net.
1st line has a total of 5 shots. 2nd line has a total of 2 shots. Defense? They had 13 shots.
Power play is still disappointing. Combination of no man-advantage goals, and very few shots add up to very low scoring games. That doesn't foster a lot of confidence.
Still, and as I said before, three points in two games (on a long trip against a , then, division leader) is pretty impressive.
Maybe they are playing the best hockey of the season? What is the condition of Dale and D. Ouellet? And why didn't C. Ouellet play last night?
Sorry, I had to come back on as I realized I left Matt Carter off of my list. I'm wondering where he is as far as his injury goes. I can't believe I left him off that list, and it just further exemplifies the quality of players sitting on the sidelines.
Glad we got 3 out of 4 points but the 3rd period performances this year are very alarming. In my opinion it boils down to 2 issues.
#1. We are too small up front. Our forwards are skilled but very small. As they get hit by bigger forwards and defensemen, they wear down late in the game. Simple physics and really no way to get around this.
#2. Other teams turn up the forecheck / pressure in the 3rd period. It is almost comical to watch this happen most games. The other team adjusts their strategy going into the 3rd period and we just can't figure out an answer. I don't claim to be an expert and I don't have any coaching experience, but i would like to think that after this has happened all year, we could figure out a way to not fall victim to this. Are we not allowed to make adjustments going into the 3rd period?
We have some offensive firepower but will we be able to hang with a team over a playoff series that plays a physical style and pressures us?
Status of Meisner?
Thanks for feedback on Strang Hoss...much appreciated.
Maybe Whole_n_one it is as simple as that..but I would have thought conditioning would make up for that...after all these guys are only in their early 20's. IF we make the playoffs and with SC playing Florida twice this upcoming weekend and we can win a game or so at home we just might squeek in...but beyond that I am not very upbeat.
The Komets will finish 7th in the conference and make the playoffs.
I could explain it better, but I'd need charts, and graphs, and an easel.
Very simply, the solution to the 3rd period woes is to stop pulling up when you get past the blueline and get the pucks deep. Work the cycle a little bit in the 3rd period and give your d-men a chance to breath a little instead of sprinting back to cover blue line turnovers for an entire period.
A coach once said "its harder to score 200 feet away than it is 20."