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12-22-2009, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by CanadianFlyer88 View Post
They play ~100 games a year against the best competition in the world; in the last two years they made the Conference Finals and pushed the eventual Stanley Cup champs in a tough first round series. This doesn't happen with players who aren't in shape, regardless of what goes on in practice.

'Practicing hard' doesn't necessarily mean pushing the players until their legs are jelly. It means going over the gameplan with a fine tooth comb, working on the little things that make wins easier to come by. Stevens was almost certainly at fault on this, given the talk of lack of breakout/shootout/faceoff practice that has been reported on this board.
Eh I think they're in shape to a good degree. But it's not like there's a definite line between being "in shape" and "not in shape." I personally think that other teams are conditioned a helluva lot better than we are and it helps explain the 3rd period collapses that we've seen consistently for the past 3-4 years.

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