No Panic Button Here
10/25/2011 3:13 PM - Mike Peck
Everyone wants to know…”What’s wrong with the IceHogs offense?” or “What needs to be done to get the offense rolling again?”
The answer is, really not a whole lot. The IceHogs scored 14 goals on their first 100 shots on goal this season through four games. That’s an average of 3.5 goals per game and a ridiculous 14.0% shooting percentage.
Over Rockford’s last two games, the IceHogs have one goal on 83 shots on goal, a 1.2% shooting percentage, which is incredibly low. But that’s 83 shots in two games, and if anybody saw either or both of Rockford’s last two tilts with the Wolves, I think you’d agree that there were plenty of opportunities for the Hogs.
The name of the game is scoring. But the way you score a lot of goals is by gaining or earning scoring opportunities. So when a coach looks at a game film, one of the most important things that they look for is “Grade A” opportunities for and against.
Over the weekend the IceHogs had way more “Grade A” chances then Chicago did, but the goalie combo of Eddie Lack and Matt Climie were outstanding and the Wolves were able to capitalize on a higher percentage of their good chances, similar to Rockford a week prior in Abbotsford.
So no need to panic. If this was a two game stretch in December, I don’t think anybody would have bat an eye at the mini slump.
Ted Dent isn’t going to sit on his hands though as he has mixed the lines up a bit for tonight’s game. Pirri will center Beach and Smith, while Paradis, McLean and Segal will skate together as will Klinkhammer, DiDomenico and Morin and Bollig, Froese and Shaw.
Scratches tonight for Rockford are Dylan Olsen, Simon Danis-Pepin, Jimmy Hayes and Peter Leblanc. Olsen is out with an upper body injury sustained on Saturday and will continue to be evaluated.
Goalies tonight are Alec Richards for Rockford and Tyler Beskorowany for Texas.
The Stars have given up a lot of goals lately. After shutting out Oklahoma City on opening night, Texas has allowed 25 markers over their past four games, a resounding 6.25 goals per contest. Hopefully this is the remedy for Rockford to find their scoring touch again!
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