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01-30-2009, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by LeMAD View Post
Actually the Habs don't play a passive defensive game, but teams like Florida might give us an indication of what our team would be worth in the playoffs. There are simply too much of our players that might not have what it takes to be effective against a hard working tight, checking team (every team in the playoffs).
We don't have enough players that can win a puck battle, take a hit to make a play, etc.

Anyway, the main problem with that current slump, aside from everyone not playing well, is the lack of help the forwards give to our D. Our defense is lost, but everytime they try to get the puck out of the zone, the fowards a waiting for a pass on the other team's blueline.

We'll get out of this slump in no time, the I fear we have a bigger problem than that. We need more Pacciorettys, who won't be affected be tighter checking, and less Kostitsyns/Plekanecs.
Actually the poster was right. The problems starts when we dont have the puck, Habs try to play a sit back non-agressive trap system in the neutral zone, instead of attacking and pressuring every player who has the puck. If Carbo should change something in his philosophy its that.

They cannot be passive, they dont have the mental toughness to play the style that he wants. I hate it when coaches think that their team should fit their system instead of molding a system with the strength of his team. He should keep him them on their toes all the time.

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