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03-28-2012, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by californiacapsfan View Post
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.
Totally agree -- but we don't seem to have the guys that can strike that balance. The Wings can play a patient, defensive style of play and still control the tempo of a game -- our guys cannot do that.

It'll be interesting to see what the Pens do in the playoffs -- they are giving up a ton of chances, but just flat out-scoring the opposition based upon the cohesiveness of their forward group. Wonder if they'll change their style at all once the post-season starts. I don't think they need to -- they can outscore most anyone they face if the game is up-and-down, chance trading. And they have a goalie who can be ordinary on some nights (and it often doesn't matter because the Pens will score more goals) and on others he flat out steals games for them.

It would be crushingly ironic if the Pens win the Cup this year playing trade chances, run n gun hockey.

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