Re: THE HOCKEY NEWS PREDICTIONS FOR 2010-11
posted at 8/29/2010 10:36 PM EDT
In Response to Re: THE HOCKEY NEWS PREDICTIONS FOR 2010-11
Goals is what they need. I love Krejci. He has the ability to lead this team offensively. Great goaltending and timely goals wins! They do need more toughness. Seems like the coach is not fond of warfare. I think that inhibits them.
Posted by joeye4
You don't score many goals from the penalty box.
That said, Julien has nothing against toughness. A huge part of the problem last year can be attributed to the same reason why goal-scoring was down: Injuries.
Chara had a mangled and dislocated finger (he contemplated surgery, but ulitmately decided against it) and wore a cast on his hand for much of the year. If you fight and injure someone while wearing a cast or a brace, it's an automatic suspension, and he couldn't afford to risk it. And even if he did, fighting with a dislocated finger is never a good idea.
Lucic, of course, had his high ankle sprain which limited his effectiveness in every department, but also broke his finger earlier in the year and suffered a broken nose in a fight with Colton Orr.
And just to complete the deal, remember that Mark Stuart was out for a considerable time with a broken sternum, and then ended up with a hand infection after breaking a finger (there we go again!) in a fight (a stupid one, being forced to defend himself after throwing a big but legit hit) with Wayne Simmonds, IIRC.
Overall, though, this team when healthy is tough to play against because when their system is firing on all cylinders, they're forechecking and backchecking effectively and breaking up passes and making pests of themselves. You don't have to deliver Phaneuf-style hits to be tough - if you've watched him for a while, you can see that his hits are crowd pleasers but often leave him well out of position and his team vulnerable to odd-man rushes. Better - though it's probably boring to the uninitiated - to play your position correctly and force a turnover by clogging up a passing lane. That's something the Bruins can do well (speaking of Krejci - so many times I've seen him break up plays in the slot on the backcheck - I just love to see that.) .