Four games into the season that win column for the Chicago Wolves, still has the same number and unfortunately it’s zero.
Playing 2 games over the past weekend, the Wolves fell twice to the Milwaukee Admirals. On Friday the Wolves played a decent game but the flat start again hurt the team. On Milwaukee’s 3rd goal which was the game winner, the team looked to get “stuck in mud” and not push players out of their crease. Milwaukee wanted it more and put the puck in and took the 1st game in the Amtrak Cup series.
On Saturday, the Wolves 18th Home Opener in franchise series, the Wolves again fell to the Milwaukee Admirals in the shootout. The main catalyst of this game was turnovers in their own zone and Milwaukee took advantage and made the Wolves pay for their miscues.
After going 2 for 3 on the powerplay on Friday evening the Wolves struggled to enter the offensive zone again. Even with a 5 on 3 during the 1st period on Saturday night, the team couldn’t setup their powerplay and there is a saying “if you don’t score on a 5 on 3 you don’t deserve to win” and sure enough that was the conclusion.
The real question I have so far is Eddie Lack’s play in the shootout. He has been showing every game he is getting better every period, making big saves when he needs to but the shootout display by him has been less than “pretty”.
With Lack it seems he is committing too early on shots and is out of position to make a position. During Saturday’s game Lack was already committed to going in one direction and the Milwakuee skater had to make a little extra move to put the puck between Lack’s 5-hole. Hopefully that is focused on this week to improve his game in the shootout because even though I’m not a fan of the shootout, that extra point will be crucial come March.
Overall getting 2 points out of 4 games isn’t impressive at all and it still looks that the players are still learning the skills of each other. This week again is a 4 day break before they take on Rockford Friday and Saturday for a home and home tilt. I’m sure everybody isn’t happy with the start this team has had but I’m not to that panic stage yet. Yes things to change, and hopefully head coach Craig MacTavish makes a statement and makes adjustments in areas that will turn this early slump around.
Panic Button is getting there but hasn't been pushed yet by myself, but I know with many fans it's already but punched to the likes of an arcade game. Maybe 2 wins this upcoming week will give their thumbs a rest.