Re: Devils @ Bruins Game Thread
posted at 1/30/2013 1:54 PM EST
Drewski, a good list indeed. So I will be a contrarian ala NAS. The team is in need of improving despite the record as the other teams perfect their position play down the road:
Kelly/Peverly/Bourque: Chemistry lesson is lacking at this point. Bourque is the weak link but Peverly is not driving to the net per par excellance circa two years ago, Kelly is what he is, a solid defensive forward on the third line, and Bourque, working hard but the results are not worthy of a shoot out experience and a healthy return of Caron.
Thornton, Ok I do not understand the love affair so admiringly spoken of by the likes of Brickley, and post game banter by the teamates. He is a 4th liner, so what do we care but can there be a better player? Me thinks so. Thornotn does a good interview like LB so I should shut up.
Ference: I think he has been bashed quite a bit in the past few years. I like his game over the years despite that banter. Yet, his play is not stellar. He has no help. Johnson was continually caught passing the puck around the horn ala the Julien system, but he is not a 7th defenseman. McQuaid although not perfect is just more intimidating. The pairings are off target and the system is dead on. Love Hamilton's game, wow, I won't say what I am thinking now... superstition abounds.
Seguin, ahhh, he is a flash but gets knocked off of the puck more than I care to like. He will never be a corner guy, neither is Krejci. My point is he is not a winger!
Random thought on the game: The officials were not even with their judgements. I saw Rask get hit a couple times without a penalty, yet on the other side of the ice, hmmmm. Phantom calls should go both ways.
There is the negative of a solid positive start to the shorten season. The hockey I am watching now is top shelve. Love the game, and the Bs type of play overall. So don't perceive the negative as a slant but as a move to perfection imo.