Why So Serious? wrote:I think Mike Zigomanis is probably the 3rd or 4th most important forward on this team. And it is becoming painfully evident after watching the last 2 games without him. We need him back desperately.
As for Kennedy, we just need to learn to play without him for the next 4-6 weeks. And hopefully when he is back, we will be in a midst of a nice little streak.
But I think we need Ziggy back more than TK. Just my opinion.
i'm sorry, but this just too out there. ziggy's a 4th liner and faceoffs haven't been a real problem in his absence. he's about as valuable as any 4th liner. which is "not very", incidentally.
last night eric goddard was on our 3rd line. eric goddard. and you're saying that losing ZIGGY matters? more than TK? give me a break.
Have you looked at the faceoff numbers? Ziggy got injured early in the game against the NYR, so I am including that game.
Last night: Pens - 31 Buf - 29
Dec. 6: Pens - 25 Ott - 33
Dec. 4: Pens - 26 Car - 38
Dec. 3: Pens - 19 NYR: 33
And the faceoffs lost and won stat doesn't tell the whole story in my opinion. It seems like whenever we need that big faceoff win, we end up losing it. There have been numerous occasions where if we had Zigomanis in there, the whole complexion of the game could be turned around. Perhaps you don't know the importance of faceoffs in a hockey game. It may be the single most underrated part of any game in all of sports. And we have the best faceoff man in the league. And when he's not in the lineup taking KEY FACEOFFS, there could be a huge difference between getting 2 points and getting 0 points.
I'm not saying by any stretch of the imagination that Kennedy is not a big loss for this team. He is an integral part of this team. And along with that, I think Mike Zigomanis is every bit as integral to this team's success. Acquiring him was probably one of the most underrated acquisitions any team has made since July 1, 2008.