The Habs Forgotten Weak Spot
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07-03-2011, 09:37 AM
Join Date: Mar 2003
The real problem is Martin's system.
He allows the opposition to control the puck and tries to retrieve it by blocking passing/shooting lanes. This results in alot of interference calls as they are predominantly made against the team without the puck.
The good news is that this problem is being addressed. The reason Martin uses these tactics is to insulate a a slow defence core. He can reduce odd man rushes and force teams to go east to west on the breakout giving Gill/Spacek/Hamrlik/Sopel/Mara achance to get back and maintain proper gap control.
With a more mobile D, he should open up the forecheck a little more which in turn will result in a better pp/pk ratio as we should be in control of the puck more often.........not to mention that Erik Cole probably draws more penalties than anyone in the NHL!
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