The Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota Wild and the San Jose Sharks join the eliminated list that consists currently Calgary, Chicago and Columbus. I had a feeling that these teams would be eliminated, but some series’ went shorter than what I expected. I thought that the Canadiens-Rangers series and the Penguins-Columbus series would go to game seven. And tonight, the magic number can be eight if the Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins can’t stave off elimination.
Montreal lost even though Carey Price had a .933 save percentage and let in an average of 1.86 goals a game. Their offence totally left their team out to dry. Max Pacioretty didn’t score a single goal and Radulov lead their team with two goals. You can’t win hockey games like that, especially with an offence as potent as the Rangers’. In the off-season, Marc Bergevin needs to make some moves to improve their goal scoring, because you can’t win a game if you can’t score a goal.
Minnesota lost to St. Louis, but that was pretty predictable since they were ice-cold heading in to the playoffs. They need their offence to wake up. Zach Parise lead the team with two goals. That’s utterly unacceptable. With Devan Dubnyk posting a .925 save percentage, you need your offence to pitch in and score a couple goals.
San Jose losing to Edmonton was also pretty predictable, since their roster wasn’t 100% healthy and because of their shortened season due to their long playoff run and the World Cup of Hockey. They put up a pretty good fight, but ultimately, this was not their year due to fatigue and injuries. Martin Jones was spectacular, with a .935 save percentage, but the Sharks couldn’t help him with any goal support. That’s something they also need to address in the off-season. They need more fast, and offensive-minded forwards to balance out their heavy and strong defence.
It seems like all the teams that got eliminated had superb goaltending (Price, Dubnyk, Jones, Crawford, and Brobovsky) with no offence to support it. These teams need to take a look at themselves in the mirror in the summer and figure out where their problem is, because making the playoffs is only half the battle.
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