Posted 15 October 2013 - 12:08 PM
what we have to understand here is that those numbers are mostly bullsh!t when they are not put in situations. Hockey games can go in any directions, at the end of the day it sucks but its not always the best team who win and all that matters is the results. We can try to sugarcoat it with stats but its not helping anything
Lets say we play a team, we outshot them 55-11. We can't fvcking create "good chances" or bury our chances and the games ends 1-1 after OT and we go to SO and none of our shooters score and we lose.
We'd have one hell of a good game corsi-wise but we'd still lose.
Or our guys scores 6 goals in a low shooting game where we get really opportunist but our goalies are sh!t and we lose 6-7 in OT. What does that say?
of course games like that can't happen often but still, we saw those specific games so often last season and its showing this year too.
No mention of Corsis and Fenwicks in my post.
I'm also not dividing up numbers here (shots at 5-on-5, shots at 5-on-4, etc). I'm keeping it pretty simple. Last year, as we all know, the Devils couldn't put pucks in the opponent's net and couldn't stop them from going into their own. So the nice big shot advantage, in terms of simple shots-for/shot-against, was pretty much negated.
With Schneider in the fold, and last year's worst puck-stopper (Hedberg) out of the mix, the save% WILL get better, and should by a significant margin. So one of the main bugaboos from last season is going to be better.
As far as putting the puck in the other guy's net...different story. In this regard they probably don't figure to be that much better than last year's team. What we're all praying for is that Zajac, Henrique, and Clowe can start combining for more than one goal every 6 games between them. Zajac has 12 SOG, Henrique has 9, for what that's worth...at least they're GETTING shots. Clowe's 4 through 6 games is a lot more alarming...his career rate is over 2 SOG per game. And he looks terrible right now.
Devils also have to find a way to start getting more SOG per game overall...they haven't cracked 30 yet. Only 23.25 SPG in their last four. Small sample, but needs to change.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 15 October 2013 - 12:09 PM.
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