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10-08-2011, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by SlingshotVv View Post
They're getting zero help from the defense in generating any offensive pressure. The gap between forwards and defense is huge, and the d is backing out way to early. I can't hardly think if a single timethe defense pinched under any pressure.

The one time I recall the defense staying in the play, mcd slides he puck down to Richards and they score.
This is where we miss Staal. He's not great offensively, but he does recognize the appropriate time to pinch and is also capable of going end-to-end with the puck at times.

I also think Staal's absence is forcing some defensemen to be more cautious than they normally are. Every defender is being thrust into a more important role, so they aren't taking as many risks offensively.

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