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11-23-2008, 12:36 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
1) Work on a different strategy of holding up the opposition in their transition game. As of right now, the current system isn't working, and the Bruins free reign into the Montreal zone last night emphasizes that. The defense is retreating too quickly, so the opposing forwards have an easy job of skating into the attacking zone with momentum and setting up (see Boston's second goal).
2) Ensure that players are constantly moving on the power-play, as well as moving the puck quickly. Passes should be fast, and when a shot is taken from the point, there needs to be a body screening the goalie, as well as at least one more there near the net for the rebound.
3) 20 laps in practice to whoever raises their hands after hooking/tripping/holding. You're going to get caught every time, so don't do it.
4) Put in place a system where the gap between the forwards and defense is smaller than it is now. There's been virtually no puck support the last few games (before the Boston game, anyway) and it's lead to sustained pressure by the other team.
5) Have a long talk with Ryan O'Byrne about what to do in certain situations, especially zone clearances. He has size and reach, and if the GM isn't going to send him back to the A for seasoning, then he needs to learn the right thing to do, and he needs to learn fast.
6) Change the lines, and keep them for a sustained period of time with only minor changes. I'm thinking the following:
Tanguay - Koivu - Higgins
S.Kostitsyn - Lang - A.Kostitsyn
Latendresse - Plekanec - Kovalev
7) Play Price 5 games to Halak's every 1, at least early in the season.
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