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12-14-2011, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Protest the Hero View Post
I can't tell at this point anymore whether the players are just scared, or Martin is telling them to sit back.

I know for a fact he doesn't tell them to lose board battles, or get beat to the puck in their own zone, they do that part on their own. The lack of forecheck however, I'm not sure.
I think it's 50% having a young defense panicking, playing scared and 50% mental after some early season blown leads.

In terms of on ice tactics, the d-men need to shorten their gaps, they are giving up the blueline too easily and giving forwards too much room when the opponents have posession in our end.

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