African pygmy hedgehog
As far as last night's game went, the biggest problem we have is no second scoring line. As it stands right now, there is no room for error, either by the D or the goalies. If Sergei continues to behave himself in Hamilton maybe they can reunite him with his brother and Pleks. If that line can start racking up some points it takes the pressure off of the first line, the D and our goalies. Even if they let in a couple of softies, if we're scoring enough goals we can still come away with a win. That has to be Martin's priority right now. The return of Markov isn't going to save the season and if we stay on the same pace we'll be too far out of a playoff spot for anyone to make a difference.
To put a positive spin on our current state of affairs, take a look at these point totals, at least we're in good company.
Montreal - 16
Boston - 16
Ottawa - 16
Carolina - 7 (eek) I wonder if Carbo will get the coaching call sooner than later?
The "lowly" Islanders have 17 points.
Take a look at the West and you are now entering the Twilight Zone.
Detroit - 17
Chicago - 18
Anaheim - 14
Contrast that to these "bottom feeders"
LA - 22
Colorado - 26
Phoenix - 20
How reflective is it? I remember a couple of seasons ago the Senators came flying out of the gate with fifteen straight wins only to end up being beaten four straight in round one of the playoffs by Pittsburgh.
It's still way too early to make predictions based on what we've seen so far and it will be interesting to take a look at these same teams at the end of January.