Gorbachav55 Posted October 16, 2022 Report Share Posted October 16, 2022 I didn't get to watch the whole game yesterday. To be honest, I turned it off when the Islanders went up 5-0. The Ducks are 1-1, but during both games they got smoked during actual play. Neither of the teams they played were playoff teams last year, and neither is expected to be a playoff team this year (although the Islanders could conceivably get back there). I haven't been happy with how the team played, but I needed to think about that a little bit in terms of expectations. Is this what we should expect from the team given everything we know? There were varying expectations that I read here and elsewhere, everything from near the bottom of the league to possibly snagging a wild card spot in the playoffs. Personally, I fell somewhere in the middle, thinking they'd be slightly improved from last year but that their upside was a little higher if the youngsters looked better than expected. I also thought that regardless of how many games they actually won, they'd be more exciting. Game 1 fit the bill mostly - they got outplayed for 2.5 periods but pulled off a win when the offense came alive just long enough to score some goals. Game 2 was a crushing disappointment where all of the bad things about this team reared their ugly heads at once - poor forward depth, an atrocious defense, awful coaching, and a goalie whose will (and possibly also his groin) was broken by the second period. As a Duck fan, I can't help but go into each game hoping for a win. Acknowledging their shortcomings intellectually can't fully suffocate my fandom. But is this what we should expect for the rest of the season? Are we going to get blitzed by shots every game? Are we going to spend entire periods hemmed in our own zone while our d-men struggle to regain pucks and our coach fails to implement any sort of effective breakout system? I think this is just what we're going to get with this team and I'm going to have to get used to it. I'll have to enjoy the little moments, like McTavish stealing a puck on the forecheck and ripping a shot on goal, or Terry putting a snipe top-shelf. Because I don't think there are going to be a lot of games where we'll be able to sit back and say, "They played well tonight!" I think it makes sense to focus on individuals and how they're progressing to see if they are going to contribute to future Duck teams that have a chance at success. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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