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12-08-2009, 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyHigh View Post
They are also KISSing, no more attempted home runs out of the neutral zone, we're also starting to come out of the defensive zone with more speed. I also notice in the offensive zone, we're keeping it simpler. There's nothing wrong with a good, creative pass in the offensive zone, but I noticed on Monday that after Asham threw a blind backhand through the slot that was picked off and started an oddman, Clement said something like, "Laviolette doesn't like those, Asham will be getting a talking to."

I don't think Laviolette is going to tolerate the home run attitude that this team has had (whether for good or for bad, w/e), I've noticed in the past 2 games that while we can still be creative (see Giroux's PP goal), the primary emphasis in the offensive zone is on cycling, puck possession, and using the D (which is smart considering we have Carle, Kimmo, and Pronger).

I think that even after we are adjusted to the system, we're still going to give up some oddmans, that's just the way things go when you play an aggressive system. However, I think we have the defensive minded forwards (Giroux, Richie, JVR, Hartnell, even Carter) who can help prevent a lot of these as well as 4 or so d-men who should be smart about knowing when to pinch.

The biggest thing is getting back to basics, doing the simple stuff well. Once you have stuff like that, the Girouxs, JVRs, Richies, Brieres, and etc. will get the opportunity to incorporate more creative stuff into their game, but right now, the emphasis is on puck possession, keeping it simple, and using our speed and I like it.
I'm going to pull a DU and pull something that I posted in the GDT that has to do with the Home run pass and its new use under Lavi vs. Stevens

The other wasn't so much a breakout as much as it was a jail break down the ice and whichever guy could get slightly more open would get the home run pass.

Lavi incorporates that now, but there is a plan when they do it. It is more as a ploy to pull the D man to help get the puck out of the zone during prolonged stays in the defensive zone, as well as a way to get the puck up the ice quickly for a line change, which is something a lot of teams do.

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