More insight on last nights matchup from Allan. Hoping tonight is a different game from the one we saw last night! Let’s Go Checkers!
Not a lot good to say about this game, the team as a whole looked slowed and flat footed. A few notes and observations.
1. Jared Staal looked AWFUL; he got moved up to Matsumoto/Terry line and I hope to never see that again. Turnovers, got pushed off the puck constantly, poor stick handling and I swear it looked like he was trying to get to bench as soon as he could to get a change. Bring back Scott Pitt from Florida at least he showed he wanted to play in the AHL. Staal needs to be right back down to the fourth line tomorrow.
2. Both goals were caused by a lot of standing around, San Antonio walked in and was allowed 2 uncontested passes on the PP goal and Rissanen lost his man on the second goal which was stuffed in on the post.
3. The only line that showed consistent hustle and pressure was the Boychuck/Nash/Pistilli line. They caused by far the most chances and seemed to be the only forwards that went all out for 60 minutes.
4. Glenn Wesley was at the game scouting for the Canes–I sit very close to where the Raleigh group observes and he spent a lot of the game shaking his head. He also stopped taking notes and packed up with about 5 minutes left, he knew the outcome well before the final horn.
5. Matt Beca played pretty well in his first AHL action, hopefully the team will take a longer look at him and sit other players who aren’t giving it their all.
6. Dov Grumet-Morris gave up no cheap goals but was never really challenged, I remember him last year on a call up to the Conn. Whale shutting down the Checkers again. He played for the Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL) last year (my hometown team I follow) and based on his play in the ECHL and AHL I do not know why he has not got a longer look from a team. I hope he is not in net tomorrow.
7. The main positive is that the Checkers go right back onto the ice tomorrow and hopefully will erase this poor performance.