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Maine Hockey Love it or Leave it
I believe it was Drew who said it before, but after watching every game this year I don't think the primary problem on this team is the defense, its the forwards. I think the defense generally does a decent job at keeping chances to the outside and limiting good break-ins by the other team; they arent so good at stopping the cross-ice one-timers and shots from the point that then create rebounds, and get beat sometimes, and allow a high raw total of shots, but I don't think they have been playing that badly, especially lately. The problem has been the forwards and their passing, which has been absolutely awful. They either have the puck clang off their sticks and roll away, or they constantly keep trying no-look passes like they did on Monday. Regardless, it creates tons of turnovers in the neutral zone and in the high slot of their own zone, and this is what kills them. And also, forwards never seem to be crashing the net to hunt for rebounds, and they constantly bunch up. It's frustrating to watch, because its fundamentals they are failing to execute, and if they fixed these simple things, I bet results would improve dramatically.
Maine is 45th in GPG (3.05 ) and 38th in GPGA (amazingly, exactly 3.05 on that side of the ledger, too.) And to salt the wound, with a 28th SOS... Nearly a perfect storm of utter mediocrity.
This team isn't talented. It's is stocked with 3rd-4th liners, as Ma#1ne said. It's gonna take a Timmy-style purge to even be in the Natrional conversation for the next few years, and that's assuming a new regime, which is highly unlikely pursuant to Maine's insane extention of RG.
Last edited by Fishman'81; 01-24-2019 at 08:12 PM.
Were they lucky with shooting last year? Is there something different in their cycling ir forecheck thats bad?
I mean Fossier was the leading goal man last year and has 1 freakin goal this close to February
. So is it the players talent? Or the crap system? Or (probably) both.
Being a BU fan, I have noticed this exact thing in several players that returned from national or world tournaments and often appeared to be "elsewhere" in their minds. The saving grace in that case, however, was that we almost always make the post-season and these players seem to step up and become more engaged once the games get bigger. When the HE playoffs roll around, I would expect a heightened level of intensity and focus from Swayman.
While Maine is lacking talent, everyone keep an eye on #16 Cale Makar for UMass. Kid's legit and he was drafted 4th overall in 2017. Probably the best college player I've seen since Gaudreau. Hell of a skater.
If any of Maine's past series against top teams this year are any indication, I expect one game this weekend to be a blowout and the other a close loss.
Well, this will be a blowout.
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