herb wrote:Didn't get to watch this one, but sounds like yet another game we played well enough to win, should have won but couldn't find a way.
That makes seven games (Montreal, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Phoenix, Anaheim, San Jose and Dallas) this season that can be classified this way. That's a lot of points! Is this a worrisome trend or just a bump in the road?
Hard to say. The last two years we won a lot of games, or got loser points in games, where we showed up for 20-40 minutes. Games we had no business getting points in.
This year there have only been a handful go games we were truly out of. We have, as you point out, failed to win or get points in games where we were the better team. It all comes back to scoring. Lack of goal scoring and a abysmal PP are our downfall thus far. Our PK and 5-5 we are ok, except for scoring that is.
So while the record is disappointing it is easy to see that we are not in a free fall. It is the finish we need to somehow find. I'm going to go with it being a bump in the road. The talent we have is capable of scoring and it is in essence the same group minus Ehrhoff who once were top 3 on the PP. if we can start scoring in gat a top 5 PP pace and get a little more 5-5 scoring we will be right there.
However, I'm not convinced this translates into us being a top playoff team.