Two games, two losses. I hate when I go to watch a Buffalo Sabres game and I see the Olympic goaltenders showing everybody that the world will have a hard time scoring.
Ryan Miller. Let’s be 100% completely honest. He was almost perfect. Miller made a career high 45 saves against a team that are in our
division and we will be seeing multiple times this year. Yes he let up the one shot that made the difference, but on top of that, he faced 46 shots tonight, coming away with only letting one goal in is an accomplishment. Sleep easy tonight Millsy, you earned it. You put on a goalie clinic out there.
The defense was extremely good about picking up any rebound that came off of Miller and move the puck up the ice. They protected the net very well and were able to steer clear to turn into chances. That’s what I wanted to see from the defense. The awareness of where the puck was and how to carry it up the ice definitely showed that the young defense is learning quick and learning how to avoid any problems.
Penalty Kill. 6 for 6. Luckily our defense is able to keep their composure while a man down, which is odd, but good. At 100% on the penalty kill, it allows for us to build confidence. Keeping the teams off of the scoreboard when on the penalty kill is one way to take power away from teams. Definitely a great thing to see.
We lost. That’s bad.
We got shutout. Also bad.
The defense, despite being good, also looked like they were missing some key pick-ups on Ottawas shooting. They also allowed 46 shots to get through. We can’t allow for that many shots to be let off, should the defense be sluggish or just off their game at all. We are going to suffer losses of up to 6+ goals. Nothing hurts more than being run into the locker rooms after letting up goals that came from shots that could have been prevented in the first place.
Scoring chances. Thomas Vanek had a large amount of chances that should honestly have been put into the net. But were they? No. Rolston selects him as a captain and then his game goes to hell. That CANNOT happen. If you have the extra letter, you’re expected to lead and by lead, you need to cash those opportunities.
Powerplays. 0 for 11 is HORRIBLE. We can’t afford to suck (for lack of a better word) during the times where we have a man advantage. Pass less, shoot more and create chances in front of the net. If we are going to avoid shooting at any moment that could create a chance, then we shouldn’t even bother having the opportunity.