Tonight we were outshot 42-22. They did have 7-8 PP's but keep in mind we also had 5 PP's. Past 4 games. 50-57-37-42 After watching games very carefully It came down to one common theme. Defense mobility When the other team dumps it in, unless it is the top pair(sometimes), the other 2 pairings do not retreat the puck and are consistently hemmed in for multiple shots against sometimes even per shift. Cowen-Wiercioch as well as Phillips-Gryba have been tremendously exposed by fast skating forechecking teams that get the puck or even draw penalties while retrieving it. On the cycle the pairings get exposed and can't contain forwards. Not only has this resulted in a lot of shots against, it also results in very weak and frustrating offensive opportunities. I've counted many times were our forwards were the ones responsible for breaking the puck up ice for offensive chance rather than have defensive help. We won tonight but we got lucky many times and still allowed double the shots we took which is unacceptable to a team that is one of the worst in the league(No disrespect NJD) I believe solution is Gryba for Corvo and potentially giving that 2nd pairing more time... No other option unless we pair Methot with Wiercioch and Cowen with Karlsson. Cowen was on the ice for most shots and chances against past 2 games before this if I am not mistaken(Read it on twitter, I believe wam? or 6thsense) Never knew we were gonna miss Gonchar this much. Unacceptable really. DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT A NEGATIVE THREAD. We have potential to be top 5 team in league. We must shore this up or else we will barely squeeze in playoffs unless defense plays much, much better.