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01-15-2012, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Ski View Post
Agreed on most points, that is also where Lehner needs to step in and protect the lead..
I thought Lehner kept them in the game for most of the game. In the third two or three of the goals were 10-15 ft outside the crease. Lehner had no chance. Just blown assignments from the forwards. Schira/Conboy's +- is terrible the last two games, but half of these were blown forward assignments. They don't seem to read the need to fill around the net when a second d man needs to drop behind the net or a situation arises where there are odd man coverages. You can see the frustration in their body language. I think it is part of the coaches responsibility to encourage these guys to keep up the effort and correct the defensive coverage issue. The fact that they lost 80% of their scoring from last year doesn't help but scoring is not the only issue. They need to put quality shots on the net. If you see defencemen getting points then you are opening up the ice and spreading out the oppositions defense. The cycling down low until you get pushed of the puck is not effective. When the d men shoot..good things happen especially when your forwards are not very physical. Boro is the only dman at this pint who seems to take risks pinching and driving into the opponents zone. Not sure if it is a trust issue for coverage. Saw the Sens game last night..they use the points very effectively and they are WINNING.

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