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10-16-2011, 08:58 AM
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dcyhabs
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I think Martin's plan has succeeded. The habs have a no-hit defense. It is one of those things that only works in theory, though. If you take a typical NHL defense and get the players to concentrate more on the puck you may get better results. If you change your whole defense to play the puck, not the man, you end up with:
* Forwards taking lots of time to set up in your zone. Less shots more goals.
* Injuries as other teams consistently make the big hit on your guys playing the puck.
* Other teams scoring 4-5 goals on your team without a goalie meltdown.
* A 1-2-1 record.
* Other teams setting up for rebounds. It looks like they get the bounces, but it's more a matter of establishing position.

The contrast between habs zone entry (pushed to the side, take quick, low percentage shot before they get hammered) and other teams' against the habs (take time to set up, get in position for rebounds, dump the puck in and retrieve it, endless cycling) is getting more and more pronounced.

The question is are they losing because they are not playing the system or because they are playing the system.

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