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01-17-2010, 12:27 PM
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Anyone that thought this team looked like a Cup Contender at the outset of the year wasn't paying attention. As I argued with folks on here, we were getting an inordinate % of our offense from the PP, which was performing at an unsustainable pace. When the PP began to go south and expose our even strength play problems the house of cards tumbled down...

Generally speaking, special teams separate the boys from the men in the NHL. A deadly PP, and strong PK can carry you very far (this is a constant in the playoffs, for example). However, if you cannot control play at even're going to have struggles, and potentially severe ones at that.

Stevens, as said, lost his job because the special teams units went down the crapper on him. That wasn't his fault, he outsourced those units to his subordinates. However, it was his fault that his team wasn't even remotely capable of weathering the storm when they were having special teams troubles. He never instituted discipline on this team, so they kept taking minors despite the fact that their PK unit kept getting scored on...and he never cultivated a strong even strength game that provided defensive control with offensive punch.

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