When the leading scorer in the team is a role player like Chimera, something is really going wrong. Caps are becoming a simpleton team, a dump 'n' chase team, just like Chimera. You will never utilize a full potential of European players like Semin, Backstrom, Johansson, Ovechkin playing like that. Besides that you are becoming too predictable to the opponents.
What's the point of drafting Russian players like Evgeny Kuznetsov?
He'll arrive and you'll tell him, dump the puck and chase it? If you believe that Canadians are better since they won the Vancouver Olympics, that is fine, but why do you draft Kuznetsov, Orlov and other Russian players? Bowman brought 3 Stanley Cups to Detroit because he thought the opposite. He carefully assembled the Russian 5 through several trades and it paid incredible dividends to the Red Wings organization.
Ovi, Chimera, Alzner and Laich talk after 4:5 loss to Cats
Ovi had his best game tonight coming when Dale Hunter gave him more ice time. Ovi had 9 shifts in the first with 40 sec per shift(this is ridiculous!), only 6 shifts in the 2nd and 10 shifts in the 3rd.
I think Hunter started here from the wrong foot limiting Ovi's ice time, just like Bruce Boudreau before him. The ice time stats look so similar for both coaches that it sounds like it was influenced by someone above them, a.k.a. by George McPhee. The more I think about it, the more evident it sounds, Bruce had instructions to follow, as well as Dale Hunter, who has just arrived.
For years Ovi has carried this team, but once he got into slump, everything was forgotten. I know it's a tough business, but you gotta give the exception to your best ever franchise player.
You gotta give Ovi more ice time to help him to get out of slump! And there is a way to do it without hurting other players. Just play Ovi on penalty kill, like Bowman did with Fedorov in Detroit!
Ovechkin stats after the 1st (1-3):
-1, total ice time 06:07, 9 shifts, average 00:40, PP 01:19, even 04:48, 1 attempt blocked, 1 hit
After 2nd (2-5):
-2, total ice time 12:15, 15 shifts, average 00:49, PP 01:19, even 10:56, 1 shot on goal, 1 attempt blocked, 2 hits
-2, total ice time 22:05, 25 shifts, average 00:53, PP 02:42, short handed 00:08, even 19:15, 4 shots on goal, 2 attempts blocked, 4 hits, 1 giveaway
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