This has certainly been a group effort. You can't blame anyone, but it's really hard to praise anyone either. In the Stanley Cup season, at the start, most of the team was below par except for O'Reilly. Is there anyone you would say that about this season? Various players, Kyrou, Faulk, Perron, have looked good at various times, but no one consistently.
One of the few times I was surprised by an answer came when I asked Berube last season as to whether it was a coincidence that the team went on a big winning streak right when Sundqvist came back and he said, No, it's not a coincidence. But even he didn't have that kind of impact this season when he was in.
It's hard to minimize the losses this team has had on the blueline. I've said all along that to replace what the team lost with Pietrangelo would be a group effort, and about the only thing that has happened to make up for the loss was Faulk playing better. The others who had to do things to take up the slack, Parayko, Dunn, Krug, haven't, for a variety of reasons.