The U wrote:Drastic lineup changes or a goalie switch would come off as a panic move. The Pens played average but probably still should have won the game with a little luck. If they don't hit 4 or 5 posts they probably win the game.
Playoff hockey is probably 70% skill and 30% luck/bounces. These games get decided by bounces off skates, horrible deflections, posts, etc.
Just ask the Islanders, the team that plays best doesn't always win. On Saturday we played better but lost. Once we got down big in the 3rd everything went out the window but we controlled that game we just couldn't finish.
Only changes I could imagine would be Engel or Despres back in the lineup in place of Eaton and maybe finding a spot for Vitale (faceoffs).
Unlike the Isles series there is nothing that went down in game 1 that makes you think you need to alter your systems or strategy. The Bruins did nothing that should force us to adjust. We didnt get a single bounce, we hit 4 or 5 posts, two of their goals were somewhat lucky, their goalie made some great saves, etc....We were not overwhelmed in any aspect other than faceoffs. Change for the sake of change isn't going to help guys finish. If we were out-muscled or seemed like the slower team, etc...then you make changes. But that's not what happened in game 1.
Agree on most of your points but I will point out most of our chances came on the PP and we gave up a ton of odd man breaks and a few breakaways/almost breakaways.
With a game under their belts expect the Bruins to be more aggressive in transition, to attack Eaton/Nisky and to continue boxing out/lane collapsing in their zone even strength.
We played well but not this great overall game everyone thinks. For every post we gave up an odd man break. For every close play there was one maybe not as close but similar the other way like the breakaway.
We need to anticipate their adjustments which I assume will be what I said above, maybe even more of a passive trap until they can play transition. If we do and can get all lines buying into playing a bit more dirty in the offensive zone as well as limit our d zone coverage mistakes we will be fine.