might help us win if they are out tbh. i wnna see protas in the lineup. one thing i realized. we havent been the same since carlson got hurt. after this injury thats when we started dropping games. we need a number one guy
We really are missing Carlson. You can tell in pretty much every part of the game, especially on the PP. Having Gus at point limits Ovi to his office. With Carlson, the team could swap Ovi and Carlson to a) throw another look at the PK and b) give the team an option of a one-timer at the point or in the office (whether it is Carlson or Ovi).
Without Carlson, Ovi is glued either to his office (where he is taken away by a player) or down near the net, where he only has a chance for a hard-earned rebound goal.
I thought last night the team played well last night.
Defensively - Top to bottom, the guys played fine-ish. Started out rough, specifically Orlov and Jensen. But to me, it looked like Lavy split them up (Orlov with Feh and Jensen with Irwin...I think...). Thought Irwin played his "best" game in recent memory, but I still think the Caps need an upgrade there.
Offensively - I thought the team played pretty solid actually - just couldn't buy one. Loved Sheary, Protas, and Eller's play. They were flying out there and really battling on the boards. We need more out of Kuzy. And although MoJo played fine (and has played fine in recent memory), we could use an upgrade over him.
Goaltending - Again, I thought Kuemper played okay. The 3rd goal HAS TO be stopped - it was a slick shot, but still, gotta be stopped. I personally would like to see more of Chuck. Nothing against Kuemper, who I think has played solid, but the team seems to play slightly different with Chuck in net.