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12-09-2009, 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Bob Clarke Fan Club View Post
I haven't noticed as much backward cycling around our own net. Was there much of that going on tonight? Good to know we're going with more orthodox and safer breakouts as well. There was a 3 or 4 game streak early on where the guys were clicking and our transition game was unbelievable. For the most part, good teams defended it well and slowed our guys in the neutral zone.
That was the MO under Stevens...certain teams (read: poorly coached, or poor defensively) had a difficult time dealing with us because they just couldn't keep up with the forwards. This year, we have a bit less talent at forward, and a bit more on the backend. However, what we were doing before didn't take advantage of what our backend could provide pushing the puck, and without the previous forward depth it was beginning to show in breakouts.

That being said...it must be noted that Stevens did get this team to improve in numerous areas (again, more talented D) as far as controlling the puck a bit more and limiting chances. If our goalies don't crater and the special teams go into a collective funk, he's still employed here.

However, already I think what we're seeing actually has a chance to compete for a Cup...which was never the case with what we were doing before.

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