(Photo credit: Scott Paulus)
Chet Pickard has now lost 13 straight decisions, the latest a 4-3 loss in Chicago last night.
For his last win, you need to go back to February 5th, 2010. He still gave up 3 goals to the Houston Aeros in that game, but the Admirals provided him with 5 goals of support, including staking him to a 3-0 lead in the first 25:04 of the game.
So has it been a case of lacking offensive support in those 13 losses?
Partially. The Admirals have averaged exactly two goals per game over those 13 losses. And if you take out the 5 goals they scored in a game last season that Pickard lost after relieving Mark Dekanich, that’s a 1.75 goals per game average over the other 12 games. So the lack of offense has certainly made it a little more challenging for Chet.
Tough luck? Maybe a little bit. But Chet needs to be able to make his own luck sometimes. And when we’re throwing around words like “softie”, “unacceptable”, “stoppable”, and “weak” to describe the goals he’s allowing, he can be his own worst enemy too.
We’ve seen the talent. But the confidence has got to be…let’s say…on the low side.
So Roundtable — what do we do about Chet?
– Have him spend some time in Cincy? Worked well for Mark Dekanich last season.
– Have him spend some quality time with Mitch Korn this week?
– Practice, practice, practice, and just be ready for next game?
– Other _______________ (be creative)