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02-16-2012, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by SouthJerseyRanger View Post
Ugh... the 93-94 Rangers and the 11-12 Rangers play a completely different style. The Messier-led Rangers relied on an unrelenting offense, defensemen jumping up into the play, and playing their top line/pair a huge plurality of minutes in the game (wasn't Leetch playing over 31-32 mins a game?). That was very much a star power team, relying heavily on skill guys like Leetch, Kovalev, and Messier to show flashes of individual brilliance.

This team was built from the goaltender forward, with team defense coming first and relying on all four lines to contribute decent ice time (at the very least). Furthermore, they are not a puck possession team. It seems like they more than willing to let the opposition play the perimeter in their own zone in order not to miss assignments or break defensive structure. This has the effect of forcing low-risk shots or the puck not getting to the net at all.

It's a stupid comparison.
Excellent post.

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