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04-11-2011, 03:11 PM
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Andrew Knoll
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If you don't have two units with five skilled passers, your power play is not going to be good. If you don't score on the power play, a conservative team is not going to score very many goals. The idea of this type of system is to play constantly strong defense and opportunistic offense, if you don't cash in on power plays, that's anything but opportunistic.

Schenn will help the power play immensely, I think, Loktionov logged his best minutes there, too. They still need a finisher. Right now the lack of speed on the outside is glaring when you've got Handzus and Penner skating together and sometimes Clifford and Westgarth. The guys who have above average speed look blazing fast right now.

Overall the foundation is there and some of the older guys are about to hit an impasse, which will given Lombardi the opportunity to mold certain spots on the team a bit differently.

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