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12-07-2011, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by ltrangerfan View Post
I don't believe that MDZ has played poorly this year. I was impressed with his defensive play for the most part. I believe DZ needs to dial his offensive game back to zero (no freelancing, etc) and spend all his time playing a very conservative style. The risk taking needs to end until the Defensive core returns. As DZ is becoming more comfortable with his game the errors are beginning to build.
Part of Del Zotto's game is the offensive abilities he has--he needs to use them to be effective. Defensemen not only need to prevent offensive play in their zone, they have to get the puck out of the defensive zone--hopefully in a way that gives the offense a chance to spend time attacking.

The best defense is a good offense.

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