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Don’t care about points tbh.  I want to see them playing the right way and executing.  If you don’t have much firepower you need to be nipped and tucked on D.  That takes time to get good at but this is the NHL, best players in the world so you’ve really got to commit to D.  He’ll, that’s when Yzerman became a next level player.  This team has got to stop worrying about points and understand they’ll come when you’re playing so tight defensively the other to has to push and cheat to beat you.  Then YOU victimize THEM for cheating.

Look at the islanders roster.  Not exactly a lot of skill on that team outside of Barzal.  But they play a mature, responsible, ACCOUNTABLE game.  Maybe it is the coach, idk.  But we have a roster to compete every night even if we don’t win, even with missing players.

Play the right way.  Puck support, no blind passes, forecheck hard and win netfront battles.  No elite skill required for any of those things just effort.

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/26/21 at 10:52 AM ET


Case in point is Zadina.  We weren’t singing his praises because he was filling nets with pucks.  His forecheck, wall game and backcheck were all looking nhl good.  The result was we were a more complete team and spent more time in their zone where its hard to get scored on.  He got a couple points off dogged play and we ended up winning some close games and losing some close games against GOOD teams.  It wasn’t his elite skill making such a huge impact, it was his elite effort and accountable play.

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/26/21 at 11:36 AM ET

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Posted by ThatGuy on 01/26/21 at 11:36 AM ET

Sounds like you’re talking about the “Prooocess” required for “eeeeelite” NHL players wink

Posted by TreKronor on 01/26/21 at 12:17 PM ET


With insights like this Ken Kal should be the coach.

Posted by PresidentJoeByzerman on 01/26/21 at 01:38 PM ET


I loved what I saw in a small sample of Zadina forechecking, sneakily dogging opponents and stealing pucks. He has the skill to distribute the puck quickly when he grabs it and it makes him so much more effective than just sitting in one or two spots waiting for a chance to shoot.

Don’t want to make excuses as no team can win consistently without defense and hustle. But we are a significantly deeper team offensively with Zadina and Fabbri in the lineup.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/26/21 at 02:09 PM ET

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