I missed the first 25 minutes, but caught the final 35 and the highlights. A decent game, but I can't give them an A for effort in this one. Against any other team besides the Flames, Sabers, and Panthers, I think we are in tough to get the 2 points.
For a guy in just his second (but really first) NHL game, Lain looks promising. His defensive reads and positioning were solid and I didn't see him getting burned at all. Getting the opening goal is a huge bonus from a bottom 6 forward in his first NHL call-up. Projecting him as a 3rd line center might not be far wrong at all.
As has been said, Kassian continues to improve, and I'm really loving the K
emistry we are starting to see between him and Kesler. He was credited with a zero in the hit column tonight, so I hope that we aren't seeing a trend where we get either the physical crash and bang guy or the offensive contributing skill guy.....both on every night please. Good game though.
Luongo was lights out. That blocker save on Eberle was huge.....shades of the "glove from above" on Demitra in 2010.
I thought Weber had a good game and is starting to get a bit better on the point. He's small, but he gives it his all. Could be another guy that has flown under the radar thanks to AV and previous blueline depth.....
Daniel still needs to get his head screwed on straight. If he's not going to be out there as a the trigger man then he needs to move to the other side where the cross seam pass is coming off of his forehand.....not that he's really looking to make that pass in the first place.
I would like to see Kassian and Kesler together on the PP with maybe a guy like Lain in front of the net. Kassian seems to love looking to make plays, and Kesler is doing everything but scream at a Sedin for that pass in the slot or cross-seam for the one-timer.
I got the Oiler feed tonight.....apparently it was a battle for the NHL's best spot picker between Ference and Bieksa tonight.
Edler still inconsistent in his decision making and not my first choice on the point on the PP. He wasn't terrible though.