Offense - We still lack it. And puleease do not mention, Booth. This has been a problem even with both Kesler and Booth in the line-up.
These two players have the ability to add probably 30 goals in this shortened season. How that wouldn't help the offence I have no idea. The offence last year conveniently took a nose dive in January last year. The exact same time oth these two were injured and really never regained their game and strength.
I do agree with you that the offence starts with the defence but it makes a huge difference when you have a guy like Kesler anchoring the second line. He makes such a difference in our end helping the defence break out and minimizing the oppositions scoring chances.
Booth also helps significantly in this regard, with his speed and ability along the wall to get the puck out of our zone it causes the oppositions defence to sit back and refrain from pinching nearly as much. You've probably noticed that we have failed more than a few times to get the puck out past our blue line especially outside of our top line. Booth and Kesler are such a threat with their speed and scoring ability that this area will improve immensely with them back.
It is fantastic to see Luongo playing his focused game right now. This is how he plays when his head is in the game. He finds the puck through traffic, occupies a ton of the net, plays his angles fantastically and smothers rebounds. I was a tad worried when Toews bumped hm and he got distracted that he might lose his cool but he stayed focused and kept his head in the game.
He is showing why he is such s tradeable asset and why Gillis is waiting for the right deal to trade him. He is a positional goalie and always has been, he doesn't rely on quick reflexes or extreme athleticism to make saves. This bodes well for him playing at a high caliber late into his thirties. I think a lot have people have forgotten ow well Luongo can play and this is only going to increase his trade value!