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02-10-2006, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Pred303
but the real reason we're giving up so many shots isn't our defensivemen at all. it's the fact that we are all of a sudden a HORRIBLE forechecking and backchecking team. we simply are allowing the other team to gather itself when they get the puck, to skate up ice, to pick the man breaking thru the neutral zone with speed that they want to skate the puck in and hit him with an easy pass. and bam they're driving the net in our zone, or driving into the zone and when a dman has to break to stop them simply dumping the puck off to one of the far points in our zone and having a ready made offense set up. this is due to the fact we have slow centers (good chance that perreault,sillinger, johnson, smithson as a foursome are the slowest combined 4 centers on one team in the west).
We have no forecheck, so we immediately tilt the ice in the direction of Vokoun and bring the majority of the game to our end, keeping us on our heels.

P303 and Smokey have nailed our biggest problem IMO: Lousy forecheck (and almost as lousy backcheck). Like it or not, Trotz's system is built almost entirely around it. Legwand and Walker historically have been our key forecheckers. Walker doesn't have the speed right now to do it. Johnson CANT do it any more and Vladdy (who could) is gone. Both were good at this in the past. Adding a big d-man will not help, as adding Sillinger didn't help. We need Legwand and the old Walker. Combined with Erat and Sully that may be enough. In the longer term, we need a 2nd and 3rd line center with speed or a different system.

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