Thread: Kovalev
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11-19-2008, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by hototogisu View Post
This is also because now that we have no shooter on the point, the opposing PKers couldn't key on Kovalev because they knew they also had to respect the shot - which gave Kovalev a lot more room to work with. Now that we have no shooter, teams aren't afraid to overplay Kovalev because they know that if he flips it back to the point, a shot from Markov or Tanguay is not nearly as dangerous as a shot from Souray or Streit was.
Naw, I don't buy that for a second.

The problem is that Kovy's dekes are not working, and this is why he's running out of room along the boards.

Teams were never afraid to overplay Kovy because he'd pass to the point for a shot...they were afraid to overplay him because he would deke them, and take a lane to the net.

Now that he's not doing that, and not being able to win the 1 on 1 battles, they simply shove him off the puck, and he makes some deperation pass with usually ends up leaving the zone...

It's all Kovy, not Streit, not anyone else, our PP has been #1 since Kovy got to town. That's not a coincidence.

I will say that Markov hasn't been his usual self either, which certainly hasn't been helping.

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