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09-25-2003, 06:18 AM
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Habber
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I had pretty much the exact same observations in the game report I did after the TO game:
http://www.hfboards.com/showthread.php?threadid=13778

There was also a story about the new system in the Gazette today:
http://www.canada.com/montreal/sport...F-91B9B8996C22

Our defensive zone coverage has definately changed from last year. I think it will benefit the team for a couple of reasons:
First being that we have a small team. If we can keep a tight box around the slot it will force teams to stay on the perimiter, thereby keeping the slot open. This is good since most of our players can't clear guys from the fron of the net.

Another reason is that our d-men are not that great defensively (breezer, Markov) or not that great at all(the rest). This system simplifies things for them, and they also get a lot more help from the forwards.

As I have said before, this is not the ideal system to be playing if we were a good defensive team. It slows our breakout as forwards have to help out down low and are standing still a lot. But being active in our own end requires skilled d-men, whcih we do not have. I thihnk this is the best option CJ has right now, and should limit the mistakes in our own end. I think last year we were playing a system that was over our head.

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