As long as we can add "Why are first period goals worth so much more when the other team scores them?" to the list.If we have a “mid season All Star Break Review” thread we can add “why can’t this team keep early leads” to the perennial “why do they suck in shootouts” to key issues.
They’re not good enough in their own end right now against an aggressive forecheck. Some of it is lack of size on defense, but some of it is also guys like McAvoy and Grzelcyk who they relied on to move the puck against those forechecks last year have been inconsistent.
Going back through the game log, the answer would seem to be no. They had the shootout loss to FLA in November after being up 4-0 going into the 3rd, these two clusters in the last week, and then the NJ one a couple weeks back when they were up 2-0. In total, they have 8 games in which they've scored 3+ goals and still lost, which is pretty much right in line with what we're seeing from the rest of the league. It's not even that they relax when they're winning - they stayed physical and engaged today, but they just seem to tighten up a bit in their own zone and do dumb crap like the McAvoy play today.Do they blow leads more than most teams? I feel like teams coming back from 2-3 goal deficits are fairly common around the league.