Not exactly the bounce back game we hoped for. Many in the stands screamed for Smitty to wake up, get with it, put in LaBarbera . . . But it really wasn’t all Smitty’s fault. Point blank blasts after crisp passing led to most of the goals. Not much to really take from this game.
The defense has to play better. Dave Tippett will have to push the right buttons. He for one will not stand for such sloppy defense that appeared to watch the schooling with the rest of us. It was horrible at times. It may be time for a change.
Keith Yandle is getting destroyed in the cheap seats. He may not be the one taking the C after Doan retires afterall. My vote would be for Oliver Ekman Larsson. If Yandle is moved we need some offensive fire power. Power play is hard to watch. If this were the NFL we would decline the penalty every time.
Not too much to be excited about. Even our opening goal was on a turnover short handed. David Moss awoke for a rare goal. To many not holding up their end on either side of the ice. Tonight you could not find too much positive to speak about. I really didn’t want to write anything. It was that bad. Shane Doan got a loose puck and gave the home crowd a moment of jubilation. It was all St. Louis though as they moved the puck at will and were not contested at all in the zone.
At the half way point of the season there are many questions and little answers. Ownership? Who knows. Defense? Inconsistent. Goal tending? Average. Power Play? Awful. One thing for sure is the next 2 games at home are must wins against Dallas and LA.