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04-02-2011, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Bottleknocker View Post
The Wings seem to have a totally different offense when Pavel isn't playing. When Pavel is suited up, the Wings tend to control more in the offensive zone. Now that he's scratched, it seems like the Wings are having trouble maintaining that same control. They've been opting for a more dump-and-chase entry and then just try throwing it at the net and going for the re-direct.
This is exactly how I have seen it. Without Datsyuk, we are a dump and chase team, and not very good at that, either. Datsyuk seems to be the spark plug for this team this season. If we do not control the puck, we are at best an average team.

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