11 Forwards, 7 Defensemen.
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04-01-2010, 07:13 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
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I was under the impression that the offense was our problem not the defense.
How can we improve offense by having more d-men sitting on the bench.
Good defencemen are important to any offense because they start the transition game, can control the neutral zone & make smart plays at the blue line to keep possession of the puck in the offensive zone. Hamrlik, OB, Gill & Gorges are absolutely useless at supporting our offense. Spacek isn't much better.
Because there is no threat other than Markov teams can back off our D-men & create a tight box down low. Our forwards are often out-numbered 3-2 or even worse 3-1.
Buffalo will let our defensemen shoot all night. They never cover the points unless Markov is out there. Everything is about taking away time & space down low. It's crazy how much time & space they give our D-men yet none of them, outside of Markov, is able to use it effectively. That means when we do get the puck in the offensive zone it's a 3-on-5 battle. Our 3 forwards against all 5 of their guys.
Until we get another respectable offensive defensemen to help spread out the opposition in the offensive zone we will be a poor offensive team.
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