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05-27-2008, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by MathMan View Post
Detroit is a system team. Their system is a puck-possession, rather than trapping, but the key to their game is excellent execution of a strong tactical model.

Outhustling and outhitting them is simply not going to work, much to the chagrin of a certain class of pundits. And it's not a matter of overmatching their talent level, because in all seriousness, talent-wise the Penguins probably have the Wings beat. It's not just about Lidststrom, Datsyuk, and Zetterberg, because the Pens can't score, and get scored on, when these guys aren't on the ice. It's not their physical game and while they have a great work ethic, it's not the key. Basically, the Wings win because they are smarter, have a better plan, and execute better.

The first necessary, but not sufficient, condition to beating the Wings is matching or beating their system. That requires tactical acumen and I'm not sure Therrien has the Xs and Os to do that. Plus it's difficult to do for a team that lacks experience.
Denis Savard and My Hawks had no problem with the Red Wings. We were 5-3 and were the 1st team in almost 20 yrs to beat Det 5 times in a year.


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