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03-28-2012, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by marcel snapshot View Post
I think it's become apparent that our best defense was a good offense. Teams played on their heels against us and were afraid to have their D-men pinch and their forwards forecheck low and aggressively for fear that they'd get smoked by our counter-attacking/always rushing forwards.

We just suck at being passive and patient - other teams sense it and they attack us, and we aren't tenacious enough defensively to deal with it. So we're the ones playing on our heels most of the time and we ain't good at it.

We decided we couldn't win playing like the 80s Oilers.
I think we now know that we can't change guys that seemed to thrive playing like the 80s Oilers into guys that play like the 1995 - 2005 NJ Devils.
So now what?
Seems to me you choose neither extreme. Why not the late '90s Red Wings as a model? They played a powerful, euro-style offense but were solid on D. In fact, that sounds a lot like today's Wings.

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