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12-10-2009, 02:48 PM
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Pronger steps in and most forwards give him a wider berth. Pronger does not give more then a few seconds before he will move in, and you can see the effect this has, cause players tend to get rid of the puck faster know Pronger won't let you work the boards all day.
Timmo does a better job taking guys off the puck by pinning them to the boards, and hes our smallest Dman.
It doesn't matter if only 1 person at any given time collapses too much, or is out of position. It screws everyone else up, and defense is a full team effort. There is no point in covering 4 people, if you are going to leave 1 guy open. All the other work of covering the other 4 people is wasted when the guy left open gets the puck. Its really a discipline thing. Holding your zone/position. The whole point of letting the other team play the perimeter is not getting burned in the middle. So when players start slowly (and it happens as the other team stays in our zone longer) drifting towards the puck. After a while our entire team is tunnel visioning the puck drifting in.
My issue is, you can "cheat" and do things the "wrong" way and still not get burned for a goal 80% of the time. If your offense is hot and you can afford to give up a goal or 2 then it doesn't matter you win 6-2 instead of lose 2-1. But when you actually NEED to win a game, then you need to do it right. You can't expect to do it right after doing it wrong for 82 straight games.
Watch our coverage in the defensive zone on successful clears. Check for a player open for a backdoor shot on goal, but it isn't an issue cause we get possesion and exit the zone. But when the Dman assigned to guard the goal lets an opposing winger sneak in behind him while he stares at the puck battle on the far boards, you have a fundamental problem. Look for wingers collapsing needlessly. Watch how players start at the puck battle not at who they're supposed to cover. Compared to some of the tighter defensive teams, the individual level of discipline and responsibility isn't there.
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