Last 7: 1-3-3...Let's look at some data
posted at 3/20/2011 1:25 PM EDT
Like many of you, I am frustrated by the way this team is playing. We have seen this show before, right? Earlier this year and much of last year, this team has shown little consistency or desperation and again are seemingly incapable of putting together a 60 minute effort. It is very easy to jump on CJ for this, but I am going to try a different approach...look at player statistical detail over the last 7 games to see what's going on.
This is certainly debatable, but I think the players highlighted in red have performed below expectations over the past 7 games.
This group's combined stats are as follows:
52gp 3-5-8 -29
The remaining players on the list are as follows:
74gp 12-20-32 E
The good news is that your best players; Krejci, Chara, Lucic and Horton have been meeting expectations.
The problem: Secondary scoring.
The Bergeron line, after playing so well for several weeks has been poor as of late. Bergeron has been fairly invisible, Recchi looks tired and Marchand looks like the kid that had 1 assist in 20 games last year.
Kelly, Peverley and Ryder are doing little as well. I am not sure what we should have expected with Kelly, but the 2nd round pick we gave is looking like a steal for the Sens. I do not see that much difference between Kelly and Campbell, except that I like Campbell better. Peverley, despite a a great goal against Columbus, has also been a disappointment with only two goals and four points in 12 games since being acquired. Ryder continues to be Ryder, nothing else needs to be said.
I think Seidenberg has completely lost his game, turning pucks over regularly and playing at a team-worst -6 over the past 7 games. Boychuck's disappointing season continues with 1 assist over the past 7 games, and playing at a -3.
This group needs to be better as there is no magic bullet coming from Providence or elsewhere. These guys are veterans and professionals and need to play with increased purpose and consistency if the B's have any chance of turning this around.