Posted 18 November 2013 - 10:38 AM
How many games can we go here before the team's lack of scoring in front of Schneider is no longer a coincidence? I've heard mumblings that Marty's stickhandling helps the offense breakout (which is plausible, I suppose) but it just seems odd they can't score more than a goal when Cory's in net.
I've lost track at this point, but I don't think Schneider's faced significantly tougher competition in all of his games..has he?
I think this is more small sample anomaly stuff than anything else...but we've seen it in baseball too...Nolan Ryan once led the NL in 1987 with a 2.76 ERA and somehow went 8-16. Sometimes a guy just gets rotten luck and there's not really any clear explanation for it.
I posted it elsewhere, but it wouldn't surprise me if Schneider turned in otherwise good to very good numbers this season, but wound up around just a little above NHL .500 or so...it happens.
No one has said we'd be fine. Well maybe some people did, but I know I didn't. I said this team will struggle to score, and it is doing that. It was also doing that last year with Kovalchuk, so there isn't much of a change. What I also said is that this team would have a tremendous defense and it has also had that. The real issue has been the shootout/OT, because they need those extra points - win two of those and they're sitting at 9-8-3, not above NHL .500 but above .500.
I think this was pretty much what most of the positive people were thinking. All the new forwards had people hoping for pleasant surprises (like middle-of-the-pack), but what they've shown is wild inconsistency, as far as offense goes, but trending towards poor production overall. We thought the Devils would get good to very good goaltending, and lately it's been great...but no one would've thought Brodeur would be providing so much of it. Defense has been getting better, but from unexpected sources (like Gelinas). I pointed out the lack of SO points in a previous post, but as we know, that's how it goes...there's a lot of luck that goes into them, and not just in the event itself, but in the fact that it's a unique skill that some players seem to have that others don't, and that having that skill doesn't correlate to how good a player is in other aspects of the game, and that it's not a skill a GM will ever actively pursue. For years, the Devils not only had players that happened to be strong in them (even nonentities like Viktor Kozlov), but even had a guy who suddenly got exponentially better than he ever had been in them, in Kovalchuk. There's teams that have sucked in them from the very first day they were implemented. The Devils enjoyed good fortune in them more than every other team right up through 2012.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 18 November 2013 - 05:00 PM.
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