(Part 2) ECQF #3: Flyers @ Sabres - Monday, Apr. 18, 2011
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04-19-2011, 01:04 PM
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I bring this up all the time. I don't quite understand the defensive system that they employ, especially on the PP.
What's with leaving the offensive player all alone on our goalie's doorstep? Is it to cause less screening, because two guys are worse than one. Or is it to cause more pressure on the puck? Drives me wild to see a Buffalo guy whack away at rebounds before any Flyers arrives to help. Anyone with knowledge of strategy explain this to me?
That isnt necessarily always how we play, we're usually good at flowing as the puck and circumstances change. There are times where we have 1 d low and a d and f come back to help quickly, while the d that's low goes down to block off the quick pass. It plays well for a team that has good individual penalty killers that can help each other and cycle well. if there's a mistake made, or if the PKers don't move fast enough, there's a glaring hole (such as a guy alone on the doorstep, or a guy taking an open snipe from the slot).
The goal is to not have any shots get through from the point, and not let any passes get through down low. They can go from d to down low, down low to d, d to d...no diagonals and no down low to down low passes.
Their pp goal yesterday was essentially because one defenseman covered the guy in front, one defenseman went down to block the shot (pretty much useless in that position), and Richie served absolutely no purpose. They pretty much worked into a position right in the middle of everyone, where no one knew who to cover. It was also right in the middle of Betts coming off the ice I think, and we never got settled into the PK.
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