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The Unintended MLK GDT (1/16/23) 4:00 PM EST MSGSN


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just watched the recap. my thoughts:

  • VV was an animal today. he’s the reason we won.
  • siegenthaler shook off that funk and has been nothing short of phenomenal.
  • i miss marino. okhotyuk has made a case over brendan smith. even steriodesign’s ass probably has a case over brendan smith. 
  • nico and jack were both invisible in the first two periods and electric in the third.
  • i love mikey mcleod. can anyone name 6 forwards on the team right now more valuable to the team than mcleod? I don’t think I can. 
  • nobody else really stood out as “good”. palat had horrendous moments and good moments. 
  • dougie, severson, miles wood, and dawson mercer stood out for the wrong reasons. 
  • nolan foote got an 11 second shift in the 2nd period and I’m almost certain didn’t see the ice again. It was obvious he was first man back after Bastian was activated, but it sure seems like the coaching staff hates him. 

idk, that’s all i got. go cowboys, let’s go goat hunting baby. 

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On 1/11/2023 at 9:17 PM, Nicomo said:

I think the real lesson here is don’t have kids. :P

It seems like that’s when he went MIA. 

 

23 minutes ago, SterioDesign said:

I actually brought this up a few days ago. Having a newborn at home can certainly impact a lot. And not only that you may get less sleep or wtv but your focus has to be affected too

I said it first. :P

I don’t even need to have kids of my own to know it takes a massive toll on the parents. I seem to remember a similar drop off with Gusev when his wife had a baby. 

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1 minute ago, Nicomo said:

 

I said it first. :P

I don’t even need to have kids of my own to know it takes a massive toll on the parents. I seem to remember a similar drop off with Gusev when his wife had a baby. 

Hmm this could be very true…

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1 minute ago, Nicomo said:

 

I said it first. :P

I don’t even need to have kids of my own to know it takes a massive toll on the parents. I seem to remember a similar drop off with Gusev when his wife had a baby. 

gusev forgot he was in the nhl. i remember watching his stories all off-season and he was posting stories of redesigning his house, taking lavish vacations, etc. while Bratt was posting stories of doing psychotic things in the gym, bag skating every day, etc. 

it was clear to anyone with eyes that gusev thought he was in the KHL with a bunch of NHL burnouts and fringe prospects (take the bait @Guadana) and he could show up out of shape and just figure it out. The NHL slapped his silly ass back to russia. 

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5 minutes ago, Nicomo said:

 

I said it first. :P

I don’t even need to have kids of my own to know it takes a massive toll on the parents. I seem to remember a similar drop off with Gusev when his wife had a baby. 

Ah you beat me to it by 2 days indeed

On 1/13/2023 at 2:15 PM, SterioDesign said:

Since we're just theorizing here. Maybe having a kid did affect Sharangovich's mental focus.

I mean i know NHLers are professionals. But i've played sports with a lot of people and I very clearly seen a drop of interest, efforts, commitment, etc etc from some people once they have kids. Some even dropping out completely from... well anything they use to do. Which is pretty sad.

It's understandable to some extent cause your routine and everything is changing suddenly and now this baby is the center of your universe, etc etc. Some people can do it without skipping a beat and some others just can't. 

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15 minutes ago, Nicomo said:

Btw Nolan Foote played 3:08 today. Send the dude back down already. 

To be honest I haven't really noticed him one way or the other (probably because of the 3 mins TOI that you mentioned) - anyone notice if he looks as rough as he has in the past?

Footspeed is the main concern, right?

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45 minutes ago, Nicomo said:

Btw Nolan Foote played 3:08 today. Send the dude back down already. 

Do we know why Holtz has been scratched lately?  It seemed like his last few games played were some of his best.  

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26 minutes ago, Lateralous said:

Do we know why Holtz has been scratched lately?  It seemed like his last few games played were some of his best.  

I agree, scratching him for 3:08 of Foote isn’t smart. 

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I’m still trying to figure out what Damon Severson was trying to do on SJ’s first goal, and how he was thinking of defending Bonino on the 3rd goal.

I can’t wait until Marino is back and Severson/Smith are back to playing 16 mins a night again.

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5 hours ago, devlman said:

I’m still trying to figure out what Damon Severson was trying to do on SJ’s first goal, and how he was thinking of defending Bonino on the 3rd goal.

I can’t wait until Marino is back and Severson/Smith are back to playing 16 mins a night again.

I have at least one of those moments with Severson every game. 

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1 hour ago, mfitz804 said:

I have at least one of those moments with Severson every game. 

Yeah with the increased workload he's done about as well as I could've expected, but the longer he's getting those minutes, the more he'll remind us why he shouldn't really be here beyond this season.  

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And man is Jack just a shot machine...I remember at one point realizing pretty far into the game that Jack had been held without a shot on goal...he finished with SEVEN.  He's had 21 games this season where he's managed at least 5 shots on goal...he's fired 142 shots on goal in those games alone (20 goals).  

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39 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

And man is Jack just a shot machine...I remember at one point realizing pretty far into the game that Jack had been held without a shot on goal...he finished with SEVEN.  He's had 21 games this season where he's managed at least 5 shots on goal...he's fired 142 shots on goal in those games alone (20 goals).  

Yeah, at one point during the 2nd period yesterday Jack just started flying around after being fairly quiet the first half of the game. I think most of those shots ended up coming in the 3rd, but you could feel him starting to heat up, and you knew he’d starting getting his shots off after that. Teams can only contain him so long.

The disparity between his 199 shots and the next highest player on the team (Dougie at 154) is pretty crazy. 

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5 minutes ago, Nicomo said:

Yeah, at one point during the 2nd period yesterday Jack just started flying around after being fairly quiet the first half of the game. I think most of those shots ended up coming in the 3rd, but you could feel him starting to heat up, and you knew he’d starting getting his shots off after that. Teams can only contain him so long.

The disparity between his 199 shots and the next highest player on the team (Dougie at 154) is pretty crazy. 

And to think, this is a guy once viewed as more of a playmaker and whose willingness and ability to take shots was questioned. 

What a difference a couple of years can make. 

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17 hours ago, MB3 said:

just watched the recap. my thoughts:

  • VV was an animal today. he’s the reason we won.

When one breaks down his game log, it's easy to see that his .914 season save% is a little misleading...so far he's had two really nice stretches of terrific puck-stopping:

First two games:  .769 save%

Next 15 games:  .932  

Next 4 games:  .831  

Next 8 games:  .927

 

Basically you'll happily live with 2-4 meh-to-rough games here and there, if he's giving you top-end goaltending the rest of the time...as long as he doesn't disappear in the playoffs.

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

When one breaks down his game log, it's easy to see that his .914 season save% is a little misleading...so far he's had two really nice stretches of terrific puck-stopping:

First two games:  .769 save%

Next 15 games:  .932  

Next 4 games:  .831  

Next 8 games:  .927

 

Basically you'll happily live with 2-4 meh-to-rough games here and there, if he's giving you top-end goaltending the rest of the time...as long as he doesn't disappear in the playoffs.

 

 

If you look at it game by game, minus the first two, he's been pretty solid. There were even two games where we lost and he was above .915. 

What is pulling it down is the absolutely abysmal team hockey we played during that losing streak, which I can't put all on the goalie. 

Currently 12th in the league in SV% and 5th in GAA. I know some people prefer metrics to actual stats, but as far as stats go, you couldn't really have been expecting much more. 

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11 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

If you look at it game by game, minus the first two, he's been pretty solid. There were even two games where we lost and he was above .915. 

What is pulling it down is the absolutely abysmal team hockey we played during that losing streak, which I can't put all on the goalie. 

Currently 12th in the league in SV% and 5th in GAA. I know some people prefer metrics to actual stats, but as far as stats go, you couldn't really have been expecting much more. 

Especially given VV's salary.  His AAV is $750k less than Jonathan Bernier...and look at what Binnington's making.  Performance-to-dollars, he's been an absolute bargain to date.  

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1 minute ago, RunninWithTheDevil said:

It's so nice to be able to win games having even just league-average goaltending

And, I'm not sure we aren't getting better than league average goaltending from VV; I mean, 5th in GAA isn't exactly league average...

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3 minutes ago, RunninWithTheDevil said:

It's so nice to be able to win games having even just league-average goaltending

Most of the time VV's been well above that...but yeah, I think the idea of bringing him in was to get, at minimum, league-average goaltending, and at a very reasonable AAV.  Mission accomplished.

I'm ready to see what Schmid could bring over Blackwood (he's just too inconsistent and injury-prone for me to feel confident in him), but I'm guessing Blackwood's job (the 1B/backup) is his to lose for the foreseeable future.

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8 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

And, I'm not sure we aren't getting better than league average goaltending from VV; I mean, 5th in GAA isn't exactly league average...

Yeah my qualifier was "even just", but VV has far exceeded my expectations. In September I genuinely thought we'd see a 1A 1B situation but Vitek is clearly making that conversation very interesting. I'm very excited about Schmid too. 

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