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11-12-2012, 03:11 AM
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Slow defense was less of an issue with younger versions of guys like Draper, Maltby, etc. who still had pretty good speed before losing a step or 3 coming back on the backcheck. As the forwards slowed down, the D got more exposed and it all just snowballed from there. Even in the glory years the Wings would struggle most against teams with good speed, like the Oilers and Kings. Even middling type players like Todd Marchant or Andy MacDonald.....hell even Stephane Yelle would give them headaches with their speed games.

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