— To be clear, Dave Caruso is NOT the reason Trenton lost that game. In fact, he kept them in it. But, in a one goal game, the second goal he gave up is a glaring one. And I do think he was outplayed by John Murray. Murray made some absolutely dazzling saves, and he simply was not going to get beaten low. His legs were amazingly quick, and he made a few saves he had no business making.
— There’s been a lot of criticism of both Rick Kowalsky and Vince Williams, and I think a good part of that is misguided. Rick and Vinny can’t hold these guys hands out there and help them find the back of the net. This is a young, inexperienced team that’s essentially learning the pro game on the fly for the most part. It shows. But ultimately, the responsibility falls on the shoulders of the players, in my opinion. Rick will rarely call out guys by name, but some of the guys on this team have been very disappointing. Where’s Kory Nagy been? Kyle Kucharski’s been inconsistent. Brett Wilson hasn’t brought much after a strong start. Tim Kunes has cooled off, too. Even Jeff Prough is struggling. Someone needs to step up. With that said…
— This team badly, badly needs a veteran presence. Badly. If it’s Jim Henkel, it’s Jim Henkel. In my opinion, it should be, but that ship seems to have sailed if he hasn’t returned by now. But if it isn’t, they need someone who can step in and essentially serve as a third coach. While I don’t doubt Killer and Vinny’s skills as coaches, I think that given the makeup of this team — loaded with young guys — they could greatly benefit from playing with a veteran or two on the ice during games as opposed to practices.
— Both Chris Lamoriello and Neil Smith were in the house last night. Lamoriello was in the locker room post-game.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com