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Some Komets observations

Brett Perlini goes for the faceoff win in the final seconds.
Brett Perlini goes for the faceoff win in the final seconds.
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Sunday, March 05, 2017 07:04 pm
* Sunday's 2-1 win over Wheeling makes the Komets 10-0-1 over their last 11 home games, and 13-2-3 over their last 18 games overall. They've won five games in a row overall. * How good was Brett Perlini on those last two faceoffs? He won them simply because he wanted to win them more. He also led the team with eight shots tonight.

* Dan Milan is in the concussion protocol. How tough is that guy? Each game it seems like he takes one blast that would put most people into traction. Just amazing how tough he is.

* I told him this after the game, but I have really noticed Jason Binkley improving defensively this season. The way he uses his body to angle forwards away from the puck is impressive. He's gotten really good at that.

* How ironic was it that Garrett Meurs was in the penalty box when the Komets scored the game-winning goal?

* Is there any way we can force Cody Sol to wear the mask the rest of the year even when his cheekbone is healed? He's been so great the last few weeks, especially on the penalty kill because he's not even thinking about staying out of the box. He's so valuable that way.

* I still wonder if separating Shawn Szydlowski and Trevor Cheek might be the best thing to generate more goals on two lines. You're going to need offense in the playoffs.

* Bobby Shea is skating again with Rochester of the AHL after suffering a knee injury. Wouldn't be shocked if he showed up in Fort Wayne this week.

* Komets GM David Franke said it's possible Jamie Schaafsma might be ready to play next weekend. Of course, they could rest him another week since there's only two games and everybody is healthy.

* They might hear some news on Kyle Thomas soon as well. Everybody in the front office and the locker room are thrilled that Kyle is getting his chance in the AHL.

* How tough are the lineup problems going to be when Schaafsma, Thomas and Shea come back? Is there anybody on the team who isn't playing solid hockey right now? The Komets' depth could be a huge factor in the postseason.

* The ECHL trade deadline is Thursday. The Komets may stand pat, which they usually don't do at the trade deadline. Of course, they've already made a major moves in getting Travis Ewanyk and Colin Mulvey in one deal and Perlini in another.

* If the Komets can re-sign him, how much fun is going to be to watch Mike Cazzola continue to improve? He's so much better now than he was at the start of the season, and he was pretty darn good then. Somebody predicted he'd be the newcomer to watch, but I can't remember who.

* You can tell the intensity was turned up this weekend by how many shots all the Komets blocked.

* It seems like he defensemen are learning to become more effective in how they are playing in front of Pat Nagle. If they can't block it out front, and especially way out front, he likes them to get out of the way so he can see the puck.

* The defensemen are doing a much better job of late of moving the puck out of the zone quickly, and the forwards are doing a good job of hustling back to create problems for the opposing team coming through the neutral zone.

* Before everyone gets too excited about this team's potential, over their last 12 games, Komets' opponents have had 59 power-play chances compared to 36 for Fort Wayne. That's two more per game which won't work in the playoffs. It simply won't. The Komets have had more power-play chances in only one of those 12 games.

* The Komets better get some rest this week. After playing Friday and Saturday in Indianapolis, the come back the next week to start a string of 13 games over 22 days to end the regular season.


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