Let’s look at this game through Terry Murray’s eyes. The following quotes come from team beat writer, Rich Hammond. My comments follow each quote:
They worked hard. I think, on our side of it, it showed that all the new players were in the lineup and we’re trying to get some of that team chemistry put together. We looked out of sorts for the first half of the game.
Well, in fairness, the Ducks did play their forwards and defensemen who have spent years playing together. I mean, clearly Maxime Macenauer, Kyle Palmieri, Patrick Don’t Call Me Brown Maroon, Nick Bonino and defensive stalwarts like Mat, I lost my T in Tijuana, Clark & Nate I am Guenin for you, have tremendous chemistry born from experience, right? Or could it be that these scrubs who were on the ice tonight were better prepared and coached for tonight’s game? I am sure it is not that. It must be chemistry.
The first period, wow, we were having a difficult time passing, receiving, getting organized. Just on some breakouts, we had a lot of turnovers, some icing calls. To me, that’s trying to figure things out there. That’s what I’m chalking it up toward, is just a lot of new players and trying to get the lines in place, trying to get some chemistry going.
Chalking it up to some intangible, immeasurable factor is ok for now. That won’t be available a month from now.
We’re going to work through this thing, that’s all. This was the first game of five in seven days, so we’ll have plenty of opportunities to go back at it.
Surly & I only request whatever “it” is, it be worked out before Frozen Fury. I want to leave Vegas in a good mood.
(on Parse’s game…) Still not moving the way I would like to see him move. Some plays, just inside of his own zone, on breakouts, turning the puck over. He has a chance there, off an offensive-zone attack, and there’s not much happening on either side of the puck for him right now.
I know exactly the play to which Murray refers. I may have cursed Parse’s name once or six times.
The thing that I want to see is him getting back — I’m not looking for stats, as far as goals and assists right now.
Anyone else laugh when they read this? What good is an alleged offensively gifted wing if one is not looking for him to produce goals and assists? Maybe I am the only one amused.
Yeah, I want to see it,
You are not looking for it but you want to see it. I assume he means “eventually” – in other words, Terry wants to see Parse scoring goals – but on the third line that Terry Murray intends to use as the shut down line?
but I want to see him get back to work. I want to see him skating. I want to see him doing all the other things that are going to allow me to play him on a line with Stoll, in particular, because that’s the line that I’m looking to match up against other teams’ top lines and be responsible.
This is Wayne Simmonds and Alexei Ponikarovsky all over again and, before that, Alexander Frolov. Terry Murray put them in a defensive role to shut down the other teams, gave them the toughest defensive assignments and then used the “not enough offensive production” excuse to criticize them. For those of us paying attention and keeping score, you can place Parse’s name as this season’s Ponikarovsky.
So that’s a big part of it for me, but on the other side of it, his plays and decisions with the puck are not real good.
With this, I agree and I would go further and say, he looked down right awful out there. Kozun belongs in Parse’s spot and to have Parse on this team and in Brandon Kozun’s place is a damn shame (although I would be smart enough to know you don’t place Kozun – or Parse – against the other team’s top line)
(on the Kings’ power play…) Not bad.
Ha ha. Why measure good or bad by success or failure, right? That is far too objective and calculable.
The result is not there, but not bad as far as the movement.
I had a movement earlier today that was better. Result is all that matters, coach. When you go 0-6, the only thing worse is 0-7. There is no bright side there.
We’re so much better on the movement side of things, off the puck and with the puck, to get some different looks than what we were at times last year. It’s going in the right direction.
This is such nonsense. Was it a bit different at times? Yes. Better? No. Better would have been set plays designed for a lateral pass and one timer. Better would have been defensemen not having a preset tendency to send the puck to the net when they have bodies, skates and sticks taking away their lane. Better would have been giving your point man some freedom of movement and creativity to open up the ice. It wasn’t better. It was the same recirculated garbage as last season, a one-dimensional powerplay easily defended and designed to fail.
I think the possession time and the looks that we’re getting are good. We’ve got to hit the net, though. My goodness, we had some defensemen who were shooting the puck in pretty prime areas for defensemen, and we’re missing the net.
This is true. However, I also noticed a lot of hesitation with the puck when the player had a lane. I don’t know if that is chalked up (using his words) to rust or what, but when the puck is on your stick and all you have in front of you is the goalie, hesitation only gives the goaltender time to set unless your intent is to skate to the net, draw the opposing player(s) toward you, freeze the goalie and make the pass to an open winger who will face an empty corner.
The whole idea of shooting from the top end is hitting it, and maybe you’ll score but certainly you’re going to create second and third opportunities off that, give some guys the opportunity to recover those loose pucks and move their feet and create second and third opportunities.
And here is the problem boys and girls. Nothing has changed. This is the same principle as last season. Get it to the point, fire away, hope the puck somehow makes it through, pick up rebounds. It is our entire powerplay strategy.
Going back to the other game, against Phoenix here at home, and tonight, we’re trying to be too fine, I think, and we’re simply not hitting the net at the critical time.
We’re not hitting the net because, in part, we don’t have the lanes to get the puck there. It’s like driving a car into a wall and then wondering what happened to the open road. Anyone count how many shots went off shins, skates and sticks or were intercepted because they were forced? I stopped counting after 10 by the third powerplay.
Look, it’s one preseason game. Quick was off his game. Their goalie, Deslauriers, looked amazing and we made damn sure we made him look exactly that. We are moving on. As I tweeted earlier, hit ctrl-alt-del on this game (for Mac users, click on the apple and hit restart). There are enough games ahead of us that will tell us, as I wrote yesterday, whether Terry Murray is right for this team or whether his fate may come sooner rather than later.