#39: Flyers at Rangers - December 30, 2009 - 7:00 PM (ET)
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12-31-2009, 10:11 AM
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If Leighton is consistently making the first stop, the Dmen can focus on getting to the rebound and not feel like they have to block every shot coming in. Give Leighton a good look at the shooter and box out the opposing forwards breaking for the net. That requires the buy-in from the Flyer forwards, too, who can't be floating at the blue line waiting for a quick pass out.
I understand all that. What I'm saying though is that we're basically just hoping the defense continually bails him out after that initial shot (and in some cases on the initial shot...). As soon as the defense doesn't bail him out for a game, we're screwed. It's like filling a balloon up with air until it explodes in your face. Or at least that's how I see it. I'm not knocking on Leighton, I just don't feel comfortable riding him until, basically, he blows up and we lose a game.
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