A few shocking stats I came across to pass along as well. On our road trip, we had 10powerplays, while we took 20 penalties, which is horrible. Special teams is always a huge factor in games and undisciplined play is a main reason we've been really struggling lately. Speaking of taking too many penalties, Erik Karlsson has been the worst of the bunch, he needs to pick it up.
Also, we were all excited to have Kuba back, but it hasn't paid off at all yet. In fact, heres a crazy stat involving healthy scratch David Hale. When he has played this year, we are 7-3-0 and when he doesn't we're 2-7-1. It's something to think about in my opinion. We can't sit Carkner because he is the only toughness on the defensive side, but maybe time for Campoli to watch a few games from Biz Nasty's usual seat.
Also, our semi usual top pairing of Phillips-Gonchar are struggling. For whatever reason, Phillips has looked out of place this year, truning he puck over like the old Wade Redden is his last few seasons here. We need them to step it up and they should shoulder a large part of the blame. They are a combined minus 23 on the season, which is pathetic.
With the way we've been playing, one would think that Murray has to be worried and made pull the trigger on a deal fairly soon if things don't improve. Easy targets would be perennial healthy scratch Brian Lee, goalless Nick Foligno and perhaps one of Shannon or Winchester. What the return of those would be is anyone's guess, but I can't see it doing much to help our cause. If we want to make changes, you have to do something significant.
So with our obvious struggles of late, Triple C has decided to switch up his lines at practice, and will probably translate to tomorrow's game against the Kings. The new lines were:
- Kelly-Spezza-Alfie (Lee if he can't play)
and on the defensive side a few changes as well:
- Karlsson (Hale)-Carkner
Thoughts on all the changes/happenings/trade rumors/stats?