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04-09-2004, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Higgy4
Once you think you are the FIRST person to assume this? Other teams try to do this exact thing. And it rarely works. I think a high pressure forecheck is the way to shake things up. But you make it sound like the Preds could easily knock the Wings D off their game by hitting them. It just doesnt happen that way. Hockey players can take hits...almost all of them. And the Wings D is not soft. All of them are fairly big guys. Hatcher and Fischer are huge. Schneider and Lidstrom are big enough guys and can take hits as well as anybody. Chelios is always involved in the physical play, and he still logs 20-25 minutes a night.

These guys can take the physical play when it presents itself. You are making it sound WAY too simple.
Actually, where we have the best advantage and where we shined in Game 1 is when we used our speed. Don't get me wrong, the Wings have some speedy guys but overall team speed favors the Preds.

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