The end of the lockout depleted that entire roster…And they look better then before]]>
I mean Kessel is backchecking. That alone is impressive.
And Franson was left for dead by Wilson and now he is flourishing.
And the way he’s shielded Kadri and having him take advantage of 3rd pairings has been good.
And, at least Carlyle attempts at putting 2 centres on for key defensive draws. And if he can, not have Grabo take them. Wilson was more than happy to have say a 40% guy like Kadri out there just to maintain the 4 line rotation.
Unfortunately for some teams, like say Pittsburgh, he is outmatched personnel wise in who to put out there. Bozak can’t check Crosby. He can’t check Derek Stepan never mind Crosby. But who else does he have? There are still holes in this lineup. And big teams, like a line of Wheeler/Ladd or the Staals in Carolina, cause havoc.
I think a few of the players, like Grabo, Kulemin, and a few others who played for Wilson are still having lingering effects of his style still a part of their game. Even the top line, Kessel, Bozak, you can see small things they use to get away with in the Wilson era still creep into their game. After a bit of success in the Carlyle way, it looks like some of the players feel they can get away with a few shifts playing like they did for Wilson.
Those few shifts have proven costly the past couple weeks. For a couple games the shifts have lasted all game long.
If they manage some strong practice with their 3 day break I am really hopeful they come energized and put the pedal to the medal vs Tampa on Wednesday. There is no excuse for not being full speed. Checking the Tampa stars will be tough, but that D is terrible, so getting back to being ridiculously crazy with the forecheck is a necessity.
They’re fully capable of being successful under Carlyle. Its just for some reason they choose not to play his way for pockets of time and want to still play Wilson’s way. I don’t know. Maybe it at times is a reflection of their captain or the lack of leadership in the room to you know, be fully engaged in the plan.]]>