NewarkDevil5 Posted November 19, 2014 Share Posted November 19, 2014 DeBoer gets about 5 strikes and this was strike 2. You can't win playing how they did last night - the structure just wasn't there. Winnipeg is a tough matchup for this team - they can be forced into mistakes with speed, which NJ doesn't have much of that, but the Cammalleri-Zajac-Jagr line was a disaster on breakouts and in the neutral zone. Zubrus-Gionta-Bernier got less than nothing going - time for Josefson to come back in somewhere. And of course Brunner and Ryder were Brunner and Ryder. One of the things Lou has failed to notice with the creeping age of this team is that they just have a bunch of penalty factories on the club now - Jagr, Zubrus, and Zidlicky all take tons of penalties (Tootoo as well), and they don't have anyone that draws penalties with much consistency besides Tootoo and Ruutu, who have both had diminished roles this season. You need speed against Winnipeg which to me meant that taking Josefson out of the lineup was a mistake. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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