Posted 04 February 2014 - 11:51 AM
It's the mentality that Lou started being carried over to the fans. He made some interesting switches (some worked, some failed), so everyone thinks Pete has to be fired if Robinson got canned the following season after being one game away from back-to-back Finals (how crazy is that). But for the past two years, this team has never played poorly for an extended stretch. They have not been embarrassed at all. They got bad goaltending and have struggled to score. How do you blame that on a coach? This year the PP has been good. The PK has been good. The team system continues to be strong.
Maybe Pete doesn't trust young players so much, but this is a veteran team, so that is only going to be an issue for a small few. And if Lou wanted those young guys to play, he easily has the power to make it happen.
If Deboer gets canned, he would have a job in 15 seconds around the league. Why? He took a team to the Stanley Cup Finals in his 1st year. They proceeded to lose their two best players and other 20+ goal scorers and continue to play damn well. After each game (win or lose), every coach and GM is saying, "damn that team is hard to play against. They play a great system game, and they take away a ton of what we do well. Shame he lost all two of the top 25 forwards in the game."
That's the main reason I could see something happening...only because you never really know with Lou.
The main question is does Lou think this team is or isn't performing to its capacity? I'm not sure how much of an argument can be made that the team is underachieving. The coach seems to put them in a position to win a lot (even moreso now that they're not getting near replacement-level goaltending on a near-nightly basis, the way they were last season), but there's just too many guys who don't or can't find ways to put pucks in the net.
OUTSHOT by 1 or 2 shots lol hahaha for the love or god Tri. Do you even realize how silly it sound to say that you OUTSHOT someone simply cause you have 1 or 2 more shots in a period? That shot could be a weak wrister from the blue line just to get a faceoff in the offensive zone.
i wouldnt say my team outshot the other team other than if it was by a wide margin, PP and PK during the game is also something to look at when you make statement like that
You're not looking at this right SD...teams trailing in the 3rd tend to outshoot their opponents, as they start shooting from all angles, try everything to get pucks on net, take more risks, etc. The fact that these trailing teams are having trouble getting much in the quantity of good scoring chances when they were trying that much harder to get them IS a good sign...especially against a good team like Colorado, who needed to both pull their goalie AND have a gassed Devils team on the ice to score.
That being said, you can only get by on doing good things for so long when they don't produce needed results. The Devils need to start finding ways to stop being an endlessly "unlucky" almost team, and start finding ways to win these games they seem to win everywhere but on the scoreboard.
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