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11-06-2011, 10:15 PM
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TootooTrain
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Originally Posted by hockey diva View Post
So we are winning again. Big win against SJ. However, we are one or two injuries away from being bad again. Smith has shown flashes of being the game breaker we desperately need but will Trotz's emphasis on defensive play stifle his creativity? Rinne has been pulling off miracles for us but we cannot depend on him every night like this. We need more consistent offensive zone pressure.
You can say any team is a bad team with one or two injuries to key players. So that's not really an issue.

The only way Smith's defensive play becomes an issue is if he's slotted onto the 3rd line once everyone is healthy. With linemates like Smithson and Spaling/Tootoo, there will be more time spent in the defensive zone, possibly exposing him.

As for the last point. I completely agree. Not enough pressure in the offensive zone. However if we play like we did in the 3rd period against SanJose, we're on the right track. Hard on the puck, and team speed.

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