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03-07-2011, 12:56 PM
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Winning under pressure is the toughest habit to develop... better to let prospects develop it together and bring it to LA one at a time.
Some of us are not giving elite teams enough credit for their game experience and player development. These teams know how to deal with mistakes. How to keep squeezing an opponent until they break. It's not just systems and positioning and slash skating through the middle. It's executing a simple pass with touch and just the right amount of speed and lead under pressure. It's the brush check that slows a winger without getting called.
For the most part the Kings players are skilled enough. That's why they were so much fun to watch in Oct and Nov. They are just not tough enough yet. You learn that on the ice. Not on a blackboard.
That's really what Detroit and Vancouver showed the Kings this last two weeks. How to win under pressure.
IMO, the biggest difference between the Kings and RedWings/Canucks is those teams will attack the opposing defenders. The Kings main goal is to maintain possession of the puck, not score a goal. That's where the frustration starts. Kopitar could enter the zone in a 2 on 2 attack and he will stop up along the half wall to begin the cycle. The Sedins/Datsuyk/Zetterbergs of the world will undress defensemen causing them to back off meaning more space to make plays later in the game. When the Kings play everybody in Staples Center knows what's going to happen when they enter the zone. When you start seeing the opposition start jumping the cycle THAT is when the play needs to change. Fake the cycle and attack the center of the ice. Instead, we are just seeing the same play over and over regardless of whether it works or not. The coaches need to make in game adjustments, bottom line.
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