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Here's some analysis

Here's what I think: If the Komets don't come out of the next two games with, at very least, three points, the "you know what" is really going to hit the fan.

Probably more to the point, they need victories at Evansville and Missouri.

The Komets are 2-4-1 to start their campaign in the Central Hockey League. Not only do they not look competitive right now; they don't even look like they would have been competitive in the IHL.

They have 10 goals in seven games. TEN goals. In SEVEN games.

I'm not disputing the Komets are getting lots of chances. They had 45 shots in Thursday's 4-1 loss at Dayton. But I'm not convinced there are enough quality shots.

And even if there have been, at some point, you have to say this is more than bad bounces and bad luck.

If we're here Monday saying the same things, we'll have reached that point.

It's easy to say this is all about not having Colin Chaulk, but it's clearly about more than that. This isn't to say leadership isn't a factor here, but I think the Komets need to establish something -- anything -- that they are truly menacing at.

Their goaltending has been good. Their defense has been solid. But that's about it, and they aren't intimidating in any facet.

If I were coach Al Sims, I would have the players work, above all else, on getting traffic in the offensive zone. It's the clearest way to create garbage goals and set the tone going offensively. Establish an overpowering presence around the crease, and other teams will get on their heels.

But do not do that at the cost of defense.

I have been loathe to bring this up for fear of stirring the pot too soon, but I guess it's worthy of mentioning: Sims' time in the CHL hasn't been very good.

Between 2002 and 2006, he was 83-102-20 with Corpus Christi and Fort Worth, never making the playoffs and getting fired mid-season twice.

I'm not suggesting anything by this, because I'm quite sure Sims will be here for a long time. But it's interesting that he has struggled in this league, though the situations in Corpus Christi and Fort Worth were very, very different.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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