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11-27-2012, 06:36 PM
Mike Farkas
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I'm not sure how we're measuring that effectiveness or why it's particularly relevant. Given the make up of the Czech and Soviet teams, I think the LWL makes more sense and is more effective. I think the Soviets could slash their way through a NZT because of their timing and skill...they could generate 3-on-2 situations against the NZT as I envision it...can't get an odd-man rush against the LWL really, and it stifles east-west movement at the time when it matters most - in the mid-offensive zone.

So while the NZT might be better defensively than the LWL (I guess? One rated 4 Lemaire's out of 5 on the scale, the other 3.5?), I think in the situation we're talking about - the wide ice, the lack of clutch and grab (or overly physical play in general), the goaltender on the Czech side and the same-handedness of the Soviet shooters, I think the LWL is a better fit...for whatever it's worth...


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