PITTSBURGH | It was nice to have taken the blow as best as he could, however, slowly but surely, the Canadian is moving away from qualification to the playoffs.
This morning, on the eve of its final matchup of the season against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Habs find themselves in the 12th ranking of the Association of the East, seven points from the last place giving access to the grand ball of the spring.
“We will need to win to get back in the race. We would like to fight until the end. Shea (Weber) is expected to return for the last games of the season and it deserves that we stay in the race. We owe it to our captain, ” said Brendan Gallagher, at the end of the reverse side of Wednesday night in Boston.
The intention is noble. However, without their best defender, this team already weakly off to the blue line increases his chances of making sweet potato.
Especially if it fails to boost its massive attack. Since 1 January, the Canadian has scored just five goals in 56 opportunities, with the benefit of a man. The percentage of conversion of 8.9 % gives the 30th and before-last row of the circuit.
Apart from Suzuki…
That happened for the strategy of Kirk Muller falls flat with a blow dry ? Yet, until the New Year, the troupe Claude Julien was to pay opponents of offending virtually once-in-four (25 in 106, with 23.6 %). His massive attack was ranked as the 8th level of the NHL.
The situation is all the more disturbing is that during the drought period, the contribution is almost coming exclusively to Nick Suzuki. The rookie has scored three of the five goals, the others being the work of Ilya Kovalchuk and Brendan Gallagher.
During the first 40 games of the campaign, 11 players had hit the target with the advantage of a man, Tomas Tatar being the leader with seven goals.
“We need to rapidly improve this facet of our game. We don’t get second chances. We become too predictable. It is necessary to review our
running in numerical superiority “, has dropped Gallagher as a solution.
Since the beginning of 2020, the Canadian won nine games. In four of these victories, he had scored a goal while an opponent was in the dungeon.
Even if the massive attack was going nowhere in recent weeks, the loss of Weber and his powerful shooting, it creates a new problem for Muller and Julien. Also, the last few games, Julien uses the opportunity five attackers within its massive attack.
We saw a first time when the numerical superiority of two men deployed against the Coyotes. A repeated experience, Wednesday night at Boston. Once again, without much success.
“You must be more hungry and win our battles,” said Phillip Danault.
No matter who will be sent on the ice, if the determination is not there, and cannot do miracles.