Do we need more grit?
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05-09-2012, 03:32 AM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Do we need Grit? Yes
But this series also exposed a huge weakness and that is team speed believe it or not.
The flyers demised came from our inability to get the puck out of the zone, alot of people blamed it on lack of passing, which is true but when i went back and looked at how the devils got the puck out of their zone they usually threw it up the boards or skated it out of the zone.
We currently have only 2 players who are fast and skilled enough to carry the puck out of our zone. Voracek and Coburn. That is it, not even giroux was capable of getting it out of our zone.
In hindsight, maybe we were spoiled by Carter's effortless ability to skate the puck out of the zone. That skill is something that our centerman are lacking and the devils exposed it consistently.
Also our board play was pathetic. ZUBRUS and VOLCHENKOV dominated us. Yes they may be soft euro's cause they dont fight but they kicked our ass time and time again. We have no forwards who are strong on the boards other than Hartnell, and to be honest he isnt the best board player. JVR, Simmonds, and Voracek are large wingers but their board play is inferior to that of danny briere. who is our second best board guy.
These two areas are where the devils killed us, they exploited two obvious weaknesses and there was nothing we could do about it.
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