Originally Posted by 27Blue
lehtonen was the team mvp last season too. nobody ever questioned this guys talent, but it is nice to see that his health issues look to be behind him.
i think the stars need to rethink having roy man the point on the powerplay. i know he scored a goal from the point on the powerplay last night, but it was literally the first shot that he has gotten through traffic this season. i can't count how many times he has killed any momentum the team had.
anyways, nice to see the stars with their top two centers in the line-up for only the second game this season, though, they still haven't had their top six forwards healthy and playing together for a single game yet. the chemistry is coming, slowly... but the offense should come. especially with benn back and leading the charge.
Gulutzan has preached consistency with lineups recently, but I think this is still the one area where that consistency might be a ways off. They're following in last year's footsteps on the power-play. They are currently 23rd in the league at 13.9%, but that's only 0.4% above last year. And the rise of seven spots in the rankings is due to some surprise teams, Rangers, Bruins, Kings, and Wings, being even more futile on the man advantage.
Maybe allowing the power-play units some time to gel together is the answer, maybe it isn't, we'll see as time goes on. I do have to admit I haven't been taking careful notes on who's been manning which power-play lately. I will correct that going forward.