Retarder S wrote:Meh, he's been getting looks, but that doesn't mean his game is where it needs to be. The habs in general have been having a hard time sustaining pressure, and Pacioretty's main weakness has been not being able to provide space and time for his teammates in the offensive end because he's not strong enough on the puck and he's making bad decisions under pressure. Those are things that fans, coaches and teammates expect from one of the team's biggest and best forwards.
With evaluating Pacioretty's game, many fans always conflate his shots with his success, but you expect him to do other things well to generate offense not only for himself, but his linemates too. The main reason Pacioretty gets criticism when he's still shooting is because he's not protecting the puck, moving his feet and making bad passes.
That said, some shots from bad angles are the right play, but it's the exception to the rule.
"Pacioretty's main weakness has been not being able to provide space and time for his teammates in the offensive end because he's not strong enough on the puck"
And again we go back to the stats that no forward on either team has better possession numbers in the series. So his line is sustaining pressure in the offensive end.
Look he's not scoring, I get how frustrating that is. But just because a player spends five games without scoring a goal, it doesn't mean that he is not doing the same things he's done all season long and is now playing poorly. He isn't. He just is getting shut down by a combination of Lundqvist's great goaltending and a lack of puck luck over a small sample size.
As McPhee said, play these teams 100 times and it probably ends 51-49 cause they are so closely matched. I'll add this, let them play 100 times, and Max likely comes up with 40 goals. However there will probably be a 5-6 stretch where he doesn't score. Lets hope its 5 and not 6.