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05-23-2012, 11:16 AM
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I think one of the keys to winning this game is to make some adjustments.

1)The main one is we have to beat their fore-check. That is what has been killing us. The amount of time spent in our zone defending. What has not been working is to send the puck out to the point where the Devils defense is waiting for it. That sets them up for a shot on net. Why don't we shoot it towards the middle of the ice. If we had a man waiting up high, could be a break away. One way or the other, we have to keep it away from the defense waiting at the point for a shot.

2) Dumping and chasing isn't working. Mary handles the puck too well. Why not shoot it off the boards for a big rebound instead of around the boards? The dump it in, dump it out, chase it down battle the fore-check in our zone, block 20 shots, get it out, dump it in reset, start over again is getting old. This routine is tiring them out and causing the mental mistakes. One of their strengths is how well Mary plays the puck. We have to not play into their strength.

3) Can they skate the puck into the offensive zone instead of dumping and chasing?

Of course they have to play harder and win more of the battles. At this point I think Dehoer is out-coaching Torts.

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