So, anyone frustrated with things around here?
Oh, wait a minute. It appears EVERYONE is frustrated with the state of the Dallas Stars. Most notably, the coaches and players appear to be quite frustrated.
Wednesday in Carolina and Thursday in Atlanta showed all elements of this squad. A Power Play that can convert, but a flurry of meltdowns at poor times. Goaltending that cannot be depended upon, and even strength scoring that barely exists.
Brenden Morrow told us yesterday on his radio show that he thinks this is a critical time for this team. It is time for them to forge their identity and to decide what kind of team they are going to be.
I would never accuse this team for lack of effort. I think that is there. I think the team is pouring everything they have out there on the ice. But, beyond effort, attention to detail is not being accomplished. And, Marc Crawford is growing more frustrated by the minute.
Something continues to sabotage this team every night. Something doesn't feel quite right.
Razor and Ralph agreed last night that this is the quietest team they have ever been around. Nobody on the team seems to speak up and take the vocal reins of the squad, I guess. But, is that the problem? Do they need more talking? And if so, how would that help them clear the puck out of their own zone when the pressure is particularly high?
Is it about accountability? Because I am quite sure they have a captain and a veteran group that leads by example and demands that the others follow on.
Does the team fit together? Do they have the horses? I would certainly support an addition to the payroll and to the talent reserves on this team. Even when fully healthy, I question the depth and quality of the squad - especially on that blue-line where adventures seem to abound on a nightly basis.
On the other hand, plenty of resources have been allocated to the forward group. They have some unreal talent up front. So, it should shock us all to find out that the Stars have 29 goals at even strength in the last 21 games. There is but one team in hockey with fewer (NYRangers) and Toronto has 55 during that span.
Last night was an exciting night. Some great moments, and some slap your forehead moments, too. Heck, Loui Eriksson scored with his face to tie the game with 1:12 to play...at even strength!
But, all good feelings were then erased when the game was lost with another poor clearance, and coverage in front of the net. OT Loss, skate to the room with the head hanging, and even more frustration on the bus.
March on, Detroit is next.
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