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05-17-2012, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by 94now View Post
The whole concept with forecheck is to not allow the breakout. Flipping to center is a turnover prescription. The nice transition comes from boards, that is why they're jamming there.
Look, no one is changing the tactic, it works. Everything comes to execution. They executed better last nite or in plan English simply outplayed us or even simplier kicked our behind. Whatever your preference...
You are trying to turn over the puck. The key is to turn it over at center, or behind center, instead of in your own zone, which is what happens when you try to send a puck through 2 opposition players on the boards. The Rangers D has been sending the puck around the boards and setting up the Devils D for shots better than the Devils forwards have. Girardi alone must have done this a dozen times the first two games. It happened on almost every goal/scoring opportunity.

Moving the puck through center can be dangerous if it is too slow or along the ice, but its only dangerous if there is someone there to block it. There are huge gaps in the ice, the Rangers need to put the puck there.

Keep in mind I am only talking about "clearing" not as a standard breakout.

And the Devils mediocre D handling a bouncing puck at center with a charging Kreider is a scenario that appeals to me.

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