There were two interesting moments towards the end of Eakins’ last press conference that I thought should be noted. The first was a sort of off the cuff remark made during a stream of consciousness about Mark Arcobello:
EAKINS: “We got arguing about forechecks and stuff this morning with the coaches so when it came to the lines, I just threw the lines out how we had them last game and left it at that…”
That led to an exchange with Bob Stauffer.
STAUFFER: “You alluded to the forecheck. You wanted to play a puck pressure game. Your goaltender struggled early and you made some alterations defensively… ow that Devan’s back, can you return to a little bit more of a puck pursuit or puck pressure game, because you guys have got greater confidence maybe in what you’re seeing between the pipes?”
EAKINS: “Yep, exactly. That’s exaclty where we were at this morning with more pressure on our normal forecheck, more pressure in our neutral zone. That’s where we’re going. We’re going to start getting our D more involved again in our forecheck, not just up the ice. We think now that we’re healthy, hopefully on all fronts if Justin’s ready, that we should be able to get to that game that we think we can play.”
As I said in the last post, I’m hesitant to say that I see something without sitting down and running a lot of video and looking for something specific. There’s a lot of things going on in a hockey game and, the way my brain works anyway, I have to focus on specific things or else I just get an ongoing stream of different thoughts about things I see that might lead me to an incorrect conclusion.
That being said, as I said in the last post, it’s seemed to me like the Oilers have just been inviting the pressure on and that’s a hell of a difficult way to win hockey games. Borderline impossible. It will be interesting to look for whether or not there’s more pressure tonight and whether they can out-Corsi Columbus with the score close.Email Tyler Dellow at firstname.lastname@example.org