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11-06-2012, 09:57 AM
We don't need one!
Join Date: May 2010
The shortened season ..if we have one seems to be what the Flyers need b/c right now neither Bryz (for whatever excuse) nor the D men down with the Phantoms are doing too well...
Reading about how our D prospects are performing so far (not in optimal form) was not encouraging but it's early and they have to learn Murray's style...
PHANTOMS D NEED TO PICK UP THE PACE
Phantoms head coach Terry Murray is a big believer in making team defense the top priority. That applies to the forwards as well as the defensemen. Even so, it inevitably the defensemen and the goaltenders who take the brunt of the heat whenever a team has a mediocre goals against average.
The Phantoms put forth a strong all-around effort in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Albany Devils. Hopefully, that's a sign that the 4-5-0 team is starting to settle in to Murray's system and the players sent down from the NHL have shifted their focus from the status of the NHL lockout to the job they have at hand in the American Hockey League.
In seven of the eight games that preceded Saturday's shutout, the Phantoms were not very good defensively. And, yes, the blueline corps deserved its share of the blame. There was a lot of questionable decision making, with and without the puck. Breakouts weren't crisp. Coverages were spotty as too many opposing attackers had free reign to get to the scoring areas without paying a price.
On top of that, the Phantoms defensemen with offensive skills weren't helping out very much on the struggling power play. At even strength, they weren't consistently making good decisions about when to join the rush or when to pinch on the forecheck.
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