REV-G Posted January 1, 2010 Share Posted January 1, 2010 In light of all the changes we've made since last June I really like where we finally are as a team right now. But in order for us not to just make the playoffs but go deep and do some damage I think 6 things have to be strong. Some, like injuries may be somewhat dependant on luck, but mostly it will depend on skill and desire. Here are my 6 for the new year. 1. We have to remain healthy. What a difference it's made to have our injured players return. Markov getting points in every game he's played in since he's been back from his injury and Gionta and Pouliot bringing speed, spark and scoring threats to Gomez's line. And because these guys are back every position down the line gets a little stronger. Remaining healthy is a key. 2. Goaltending. Our goaltending has to remain as sharp as it has been. Both goalies have stolen games for us and that's what we need. Personally, I hope one of them gets traded. I like both of them a lot. But I don't think we can keep them both, and Bob won't let either get away for nothing. I think at this point with Halak being the 1st star in the NHL last week, we should get close to 1st string value for either one. So if we can add a solid, legitimate top 6 forward we will be that much stronger as a team. 3. Players like Cammalleri, Plekanec and more recently A. Kostitsyn have to continue to play well and score points. If Pouliot can score and have good chemistry with Gionta and Gomez we'll have two really good scoring lines. 4. Martin's puck control system game plan has to be working and more effective with all our players back. We can't let the other teams continue to be in such control of the puck that they end up getting 40+ shots every game. 5. Our special teams have to continue to be strong. Number 1 in the NHL on the PP is fabulous, but we have to somehow draw more penalties and drastically cut back on the numbver of penalties we take. 6. Markov and Hamrlik have to lead our defence and as a group play solid defence in front of whoever is in net. Defencemen like Bergeron and O'Byrne have to be stronger defensively and Bergeron needs to continue scoring and O'Byrne has to be physical. There may be more that's necessary, but for me these are the 6 most important. Here's hoping the new year will see us rise in the standings, remain healthy and come together as a tean the way we all think we can. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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