posted at 12/29/2010 11:45 AM EST
In Response to Re: Horton??
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Horton?? : Absolutely. Why would the guy with the fourth highest shooting percentage in the league take more shots? (Lucic is behind Giroux, Stamkos, and Crosby...) Doesn't he know that there's a sniper on his line who scores on 7% fewer of his shots but who has been labelled a "goalscorer"? Better split them up. Between them, they've only had the best chemistry on the team (until Horton checked out). This is entirely off the top of my head, but between them, Horton and Lucic score goals all the ways Brett Hull did. Horton is the Bobby's son side of Brett - hard, heavy, accurate shot with the speed to change angles, shooting lanes, etc. He can dangle, he can take the puck to the net. Lucic is the guy who shoots from odd angles, gets those unexpected, hard to read zips, the off-speed ones that goalies overplay, and the garbage. If they combine for 70-85 goals, I'm fine with that.
Posted by Bookboy007[/QUOTE]
And Lucic's shooting % has been helped by his empty net goals . 30% of his scoring to date comes from the empty net goals.
I don't want them split up as their chemistry will return shortly what I agreed with the poster above and had crossed my mind when the Bruins were not winning . Lucic was shooting from the outside too often instead of hanging on to the puck trying to create some chances and a cycle (the way they did in the first 10 games).
Horton needs time to find the open spaces but if the puck is weak on net and as soon as it goes in into the offensive zone it comes out they cannot be effective , especially big bodies like Horton and Lucic.
We can see Savard coming around and still needs some getting used with his 2 wingers. Right now all the teams are taking this line as the number one unit therefore Savvy will get attention from the other teams best defensive checker.
As soon as the other lines make teams pay then we'll start seeing more space for the 1st line.
This impatience on pointing out 1 player does drive me crazy though.