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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:15 pm 
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Everyone knows the Cats have an amazing young corps led by Barkov, but I think they've also amassed enough depth to take a major step forward this year.

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Injured: Kiselevich, McGinn

Following a decorated KHL career, D Bogdan Kiselevich only didn't make the opening night roster because of a broken jaw. He asked to play with a shield and they said no. He's no rookie, and I think an important piece in giving them a really solid top-6.

They got Hoffman's 30 goals for a song and dance. Borgstrom will be up by Christmas once he gets acclimated. Barkov has another gear he'll find this season, and so does Huberdeau if he's healthy. They've found a role for Bjugstad that works.

They've got trade pieces that will allow them to play for pending UFAs like Panarin or Bobrovsky if Lou and Reimer falter.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:47 pm 
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Very talented team, especially at center. I still have reservations about that defense though.

I guarantee a lot of players told their WAGs to keep a safe distance from Monika Caryk.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:20 pm 
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Jaysus Christ was Tallon terrible about getting this team goaltending. Hutchinson has been an outright disaster to start, and they're just not using Reimer for whatever reason. Kinda dumb considering the main guy is 39 and is already showing signs of wear and tear. I get their D corps isn't great but that's the #1 reason they're losing games. Virtually every one of their games includes a blown loss of some kind, not sure why media-types are so reluctant to just flat-out say the goaltending has been awful.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:30 pm 
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Luongo's injury in game one of the season is absolutely killing the Panthers right now. Check out these save percentages.

.870 Reimer
.839 Hutchinson

The Panthers are also outshooting their opponents 34-28 on average per game so there's that. Not good.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:40 pm 
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Such a stupid, stupid move to let Harri Sateri walk and opt for Hutchinson. They're gonna need to do something, and soon.

Steve Mason is far from the sexiest option but he's probably the best one all things considered. They can't afford yet another horrid start.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:03 pm 
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It's why I don't gamble... :doh:

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:40 pm 
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This is why you don't dive headlong into analytics without actually knowing what analytics is. They abruptly changed course after a breakout season, made wholesale personnel changes (which many actual analytics experts railed against), fired the coach in the most clumsy and embarrassing way possible, then panicked and brought the anti-analytics guy back when things predictably went south, and THAT guy who clearly went out of his way to clear out each and every player the other guy brought in.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:33 pm 
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Pokecheque wrote:
This is why you don't dive headlong into analytics without actually knowing what analytics is. They abruptly changed course after a breakout season, made wholesale personnel changes (which many actual analytics experts railed against), fired the coach in the most clumsy and embarrassing way possible, then panicked and brought the anti-analytics guy back when things predictably went south, and THAT guy who clearly went out of his way to clear out each and every player the other guy brought in.


The knee-jerk changes didn't help, especially firing Gallant, but this is still a team with Barkov, Huberdeau, Trocheck, Ekblad and Matheson. They should win regardless of who's shuffling the deck chairs on the other lines.

Goaltending is doing them in for now, but Reimer should be respectable and Lou should stabilize things.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:54 pm 
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OK, Lou is back and the Cats are starting to roll.

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