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06-06-2008, 03:38 PM
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Chain Attack
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Originally Posted by Whoot Whoot View Post
I think this point is forgotten in the modern age of sports. This year's major championships

Giants Win
Redwings Win

Giants are built around defense
Redwings - #1 in the NHL in D this year

Take the Yankees as a good example. Tons of offense no pitching = 500 team when they were picked to win the division.

If you have good consistent defense, the pieces always seem to fall into place.
The Ducks saw a dramatic decline in their offense this year, and the result was a first round KO. You need both.

What makes the Red Wing defense so good is their ability to create offense in the other team's end, leading to more power plays and less time spent in their own zone. If a team was just built on defense there'd be no consequences for attacking them. With Detroit, you have to be careful because they can create offense the other way.

Take the Blue Jays as an opposing example. Statistically they have one of the best pitching staffs in the major leagues. Tons of defense no offense = .500 team. It works both ways.

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