Ramblings: Mike Smith Stands on His Head, Crawford Out, Patience With Carlson

steve laidlaw

2016-12-04

Mike Smith's outstanding performance, Crawford out, what to do with Carlson and more.

 

Off the hop we need to discuss how the Blue Jackets turned the Coyotes’ arena into a shooting gallery landing 60 shots on goal. SIXTY!!!! 60. The Blue Jackets have been straight punking teams this year. It was nearly a month ago to the day that they dumped the Canadiens 10-0. Now this barrage.

Poor Mike Smith hung in there to make 58 saves and get the Coyotes to the shootout, where they finally succumbed. Smith sounded utterly broken in his post-game interview and understandably so. He put on the best display from a goaltender that we’ve seen since Ben Scrivens’ 59-save shutout of the Sharks a couple of years back, and yet he still lost. We are only a quarter of the way into what is going to be a long season for the Coyotes.

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Alright, who let the golf cart onto the ice?

In all seriousness, this is a tough blow for a team already struggling. This does open up some room for Patrick Wiercioch to grab a bigger offensive role. Wiercioch has flashed offensive talent in the past.

Rocco Grimaldi skated with Matt Duchene and Mikhail Grigorenko but skated only 8:09 in the game. He got three SOG in the limited action, which I suppose is a positive but he really needs to score to have any chance of sticking around. Guys like Grimaldi don’t get much rope.

It’s also worth noting that Grimaldi was traded away by the same team that decided to sign similar guys like Jonathan Marchessault and Colton Sceviour, as well as claim Seth Griffith on waivers. That’s no guarantee that Grimaldi is a bust, teams make mistakes all the time but the computer boys in Florida brought in a bunch of similar assets while showing Grimaldi the door.

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Speaking of the Panthers, I am still waiting for their supposed power play adjustments. So far, it looks like the same disappointing display. Another 0-fer.

It’s also worth mentioning that Marchessault was dropped from the top line in favour of Denis Malgin for parts of the game yesterday. Marchessault ska