Thread: Speculation: Who Stays-Marleau or Nabokov?
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06-05-2010, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Pinkfloyd View Post
Yes, Nabby is expected to make a quality save with screens in front of him. It's part of his job and it worked for them against Detroit. They had no reason to go with another plan. The screen in front wasn't really the determining factor either.
Yep. It's part of a goaltender's job to fight through a screen to find the puck, control it, and prevent rebounds from going right to the guy in front. It's also part of the defense's job to stay close enough to tie up his stick or clear the puck after the goalie makes the initial save.

One screen isn't easy to fight through, but it's part and parcel of being a good goaltender. Fighting through two screens is next to impossible. Putting a second body directly into the goalie's line of sight basically takes away any ability for him to make a save. At that point, it's all just about guessing and blind luck and just hoping that the puck hits something or goes wide.

Obviously it's a good idea to move the screening forward, but there are some guys (like Holmstrom and Byfuglien) who just won't be moved without taking a penalty. So if you can't move him far enough away and all your doing is just standing there and doubling the goaltender's loss of vision (and doubling the oportunities for an unstoppable carom or deflection), you're only serving to drastically decrease the odds of a save. By leaving that guy relatively alone in front (still close enough to defend against a pass or rebound) you turn the rest of the zone into a 4-on-5, can outnumber the opposing forwards in puck battles, and take away more of their time and space.

It's how they beat Detroit. They didn't execute as well against Chicago, and Chicago's speed allowed them to win those puck battles anyway.

Originally Posted by Pinkfloyd View Post
The speed the team lacked kept them from collecting pucks in the attacking zone, skating through the neutral zone, stopping them in the neutral zone and at the blue line. They were chasing and losing ground to the Hawks the entire series.
Constant turnovers at the blue line and needing 2-3 attempts to breakout of the zone didn't help either. Part of those turnovers were the result of the Hawks speed. Hell, the first goal of G2 was scored when Patrick Marleau lost a foot race for a loose puck to a guy who was laying down on the ice. Would've been a 2-on-none break, instead it was a neutral zone turnover and a goal against.

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