GDT #57: Blues vs. Islanders
View Single Post
02-16-2012, 05:53 PM
Join Date: Nov 2003
Originally Posted by
I personally will be interested to watch this game to see how Pietrangelo handles a rare breed of forward like Tavares, one of the few players who thinks the game better than Petro, arguably as well as or better than Crosby. They don't play each other often and there are not really any other forwards like him, Datsyuk is similar with better hands and better reads, so I am very curious to see how Petro stacks up.
I think this is the kind of player that Pietrangelo could potentially struggle with, since they share strengths but I think that Tavares just thinks the game a little better. And paired with Huskins on his first game back, this is asking a lot of young Alex Pietrangelo.
However, the rest of the Blues' game perfectly counters the Islanders. A strong dump and chase, hard forecheck game is exactly what the Islanders' defense struggles with, so Tavares may not get much offensive zone time.
If this is your first time watching Tavares, you'll be impressed with how sound he is defensively and through the neutral zone, and really in all aspects of the game. I think Backes matches up well though since he just eliminates the player's body, which cuts into all of Tavares' strengths.
I'm just pretty intrigued by the matchups, should be a good game.
I'm not sure exactly where you came from, but I've been following your posts here and on various other forums and I just wanted to say that I think you are a strong contributor to pretty much every thread you participate in. Consider me subscribed.
View Public Profile
Find More Posts by EastonBlues22