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ECQF: Rangers (1) vs Senators (8)
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04-08-2012, 03:57 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Originally Posted by
Henriks Broadway Hat
Very true. Rangers should be able to outmuscle them in the corners without needing to have three forwards behind the goal line. (Which I cringe at every time I see it anyway.)
Sens have given up the most goals out of any playoff team, if I'm correct. If the Rangers lose, they beat themselves.
Its why I believe this team needs another assistant on the bench as an offensive coordinator. Torts doesn't really know how to inject creativity into his own system.
Positionally the players are almost completely lost once they get the puck deep in the offensive zone.
They know how to retrieve it, but they don't have any idea what to do with it once they get it.
When they get behind the net they either:
a)All the forwards lineup at adjacent ends along the boards with no one in a position to either set up a play or shoot.
b) Drive way too close to the net where two forwards are just standing at the goal posts right next to the goalie. They aren't even establishing an effective screen if they puck is thrown back to the point for a shot. They are near the net for a rebound that will never come, unless you want the puck carrier to circle ALL the way around the perimeter for bad angle shot.
Honestly, if they had ONE guy in front of the net, and another guy set up in the gaps for either a shot or support they would get great scoring chances.
It seems to me Torts doesn't really assign offensive zone assignments to anyone. Team really needs guidance on what they are supposed to do in the offensive zone.
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