By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
Because it is at Christmastime that want is most keenly felt, and abundance rejoices.
Charles Dickens could well have been writting about the Tri-City Americans when he penned that line in A Christmas Carol.
The Americans don’t want for a lot, but an abundance of healthy players would be nice. Through the first 36 games of the season, Americans players have missed nearly 100 games because of injuries.
As a result, the Americans are 17-16-1-2 and eighth in the Western Conference with 37 points. At this time last season, they were 20-12-1-2 (43 points).
No one is to blame for this lackluster start.
General manager Bob Tory constructed a talented team and with quality goaltending and a good defense, coach Jim Hiller just needed to keep a Band-Aid on the offense until Parker Bowles returned from offseason shoulder surgery.
But the dominoes started to fall one by one before that happened.