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12-13-2012, 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Fulcrum View Post
Simply said, you must have slept during the Super Series because you have no idea just how much emphasis Russia is putting on defensive systems since the new coaching. Not just Juniors, but all accross the board.

Not to mention, this years' Russian defenders are much better than last few years overall. Even the forwards are much more balanced with good KHL experience under their belt.
I was thinking the same thing. This isn't the 80's anymore, and nobody is going to blindly throw the puck into the slot and HOPE someone is there. These days you take it into the corner and cycle it for as long as you can. Both of these teams know how to defend and often, good skill on both sides cancels each other out. Not to mention the great goaltending that should be on either team.

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