steelcity8687 wrote:I think there are more pressing issues than simply the break out and transition game from the defense. Where was the d man last night that should have at least had a stick on Holmstrom? Why was he allowed to stand there without anyone touching him. We are lacking the mean, physical dman who is willing to make a big man like Holmstrom fear going to the front of the net. Orpik stands out to me. He is physical along the boards, but clueless when it comes to getting body position between the goalie and the big man in front of the net. That really killed Fleury last night.
The transition game is more closely related to our failures on offense.
That's Gill's job. Unfortunately, Gill wasn't the guy out there when Holmstrom did his damage. That's why I think Gill should be in the lineup every night, despite his limitations. He obviously can't be on the ice all the time, but he's the only guy that's capable of clearing the crease and it's made a difference on the PK. The Wings were able to avoid him last night.
Speaking of transition, the Pens will potentially have an elite puck-moving D when everyone is healthy if they choose to keep Goligoski in the lineup, which seems more and more likely with his ice time increasing. Gonchar, Whitney, Letang, and Goligoski will compliment the talent up front nicely. The key to being able to do that is Whitney coming in ready to take the next step. They need those guys to also play good D.