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03-07-2011, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Tikkanen View Post
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.
i can't tell you how many times i've stressed the next shift philosophy.

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