No matter how anyone chooses to spin last night, most who watched with half a wit saw a team outplayed in two periods, the first and third. The Isles came out awkward and disjointed. Then in period 2, it was they who turned on the Jets… But could not get anything past Pavlec.
It would be the 3rd period where this young team would need to keep pressing, but it was Winnipeg who controlled the pace and sealed the win as the Isles once again got trapped in their own zone.
So here we are a year removed from the tailspin of Oct 20th of 2010 onward and we see the Isles last win here in 2011: October 15th vs the Rangers. With teams like the Capitols, Bruins, Avs and Canucks on tap, things will begin to heat up if the losses keep mounting.
Someone is going to take a fall if things continue. It might be an addition by subtraction move by getting Comeau elsewhere, or it might be an assistant coach takes a fall first. Isles hoped that this team would somehow compete for a 8th spot. But the reality is they really expected a 10 to 12th spot as per the rebuild and free agency realities. Right now they are at 14th and not moving anywhere upward.
This is a problem and they cannot let it remain.
Nino coming in and Comeau demoted to a 4th line might be next on tap.
Despite talk of trades, very little can be gotten for unfulfilled potential (aka Bailey). Comeau is the likely suspect (as said for weeks now)
Yes, Isles have defensive issues and a ridiculous 3 goalie tandem…but neither are the cause of this skid out. Got to handle the big elephant before handling the few gorillas in the room.
Any ideas? Comment away…
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