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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs Habs 3-21-18
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:56 pm 
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Gritty goal. I’ll take it.

Brassard is such a bump on a log at this point.


He has been disappointing.

what happened to this guy? he hate the trade? homesick? I was hoping for another kessel replay..


He was never supposed to be Kessel. He’s a really good two way player who can put the puck in the net on occasion (as he did tonight).

Yes, he’s played a little below expectations thus far, but he’s been fairly solid in the defensive end, which is a big reason a lot of teams wanted him. He’s not a player you can judge just by looking at the goal totals. He’s never been an elite scorer and never will be. He’s just a solid and versatile all around forward that does a lot of things well.

And remember, he went from one of the slowest, most boring systems in the league to one of the fastest and most dynamic. An adjustment period is to be expected.


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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs Habs 3-21-18
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:13 pm 
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https://twitter.com/jmarshfof/status/97 ... 62625?s=19


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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs Habs 3-21-18
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:27 pm 
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Yes, he’s played a little below expectations thus far, but he’s been fairly solid in the defensive end, which is a big reason a lot of teams wanted him. He’s not a player you can judge just by looking at the goal totals. He’s never been an elite scorer and never will be. He’s just a solid and versatile all around forward that does a lot of things well.


cool..hope u right...I know he wasn't kessel..what I meant was as u stated pens are one of fastest teams and he played with slowest. I hoped for a blooming of talent we got when kessel got in a system he can excel.. hoped we got the same breakout from brassard...maybe in playoffs he gets going..


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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs Habs 3-21-18
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:10 pm 
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Great to see Brassard get the GWG. Hopefully it opens the flood gates.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:57 pm 
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People who say Brassard is disappointing are the same who thought Reaves was a good trade. Surprising.


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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs Habs 3-21-18
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I wasn't familiar with Brassard's game honestly. I thought he was more of an offensive dynamo and figured he'd gel really quick with Kessel

Looking at the details of his defensive game, he's more Datsyuk than Bonino. He's not going to block shots but he's going to use his stick to knock down a pass or lift a stick to steal it. Bones would body a guy off to get the puck back.

I bet in 5 games we're gonna see Brassard stand out waaaay more on the offensive and defensive ends


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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs Habs 3-21-18
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People who say Brassard is disappointing are the same who thought Reaves was a good trade. Surprising.

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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs Habs 3-21-18
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You can see Brassard's game working in the playoffs. If anything, he looks a little lost in the wide open style game.

I think getting ZAR back-- and Simon for that matter could really help this team. Kuhnackl has a heart of gold but, man, he has some stone hands and slow legs.

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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs Habs 3-21-18
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:24 pm 
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Pittsburgh STILL has fully half of their remaining eight games back to back games where the other team had at least one rest day. And they end the season with all of their remaining B2B games against rested teams with only one game separating them.

https://twitter.com/IneffectiveMath/sta ... 5533332480


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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs Habs 3-21-18
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:31 pm 
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Pittsburgh STILL has fully half of their remaining eight games back to back games where the other team had at least one rest day. And they end the season with all of their remaining B2B games against rested teams with only one game separating them.

https://twitter.com/IneffectiveMath/sta ... 5533332480


This has been the craziest schedule I think I've ever seen.


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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs Habs 3-21-18
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:00 pm 
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https://www.pensburgh.com/2018/3/22/171 ... he-backend

good stuff here


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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs Habs 3-21-18
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Case in point was the Habs first goal last night. Malkin and Hagelin fumbled the puck in the neutral zone and Byron came zipping into the Pens zone. Letang was in position and could have bodied Byron to the boards or pushed him closer to the middle.
Either case he slows Byron down but no, 58 let Byron get around him and the Habs were in on an odd man break and scored.

As far as Brassard goes-he makes the Pens a better team, a stronger team up the middle. Will he put up crazy numbers-probably not but he is getting used to a new role with the Pens.

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