Predators @ Blues 1-24-13 - A decade under the influence
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01-25-2013, 07:47 AM
Join Date: Jul 2002
You have a few things at work against this team. The team sucks along the boards in the defensive zone. This includes defensemen who cannot separate players from the puck. The forwards lose the puck along the boards far too easily as well. Combine that with bad puck movement from the defensemen and you get pinned in your own zone far too much. By the time the team gets the puck out of the zone, they usually have to have a line change, if they even made it through the neutral zone.
The team also fails to generate enough attack in the opponent's zone. When the team is able to not have a line change and get the puck in the zone, the players cough up the puck along the boards far too easily. Our gameplan seems to be get the puck to the defenseman as soon as possible for a shot from the point and either tip it or put in a rebound. Teams realize this, collapse down low and block shots and then win the puck battles.
Our team is built using two-way players who do have the ability to score on the rush after winning a battle in the defensive zone. Look at how many of our goals come on the rush. This doesn't work against the big boys like the Blues and the Coyotes in last year's playoffs. Our gameplan is to try to generate offense off the other team's mistakes.
Even in 2006-2007 we generated a ton of our offense on the rush. It is just then we had actual skilled players.
This is a few things. It is Trotz's system and the players Poile has given him. This team's lack of board play and skill is really hurting it. We have a fine compliment of some second line and alot of third line players. If you are counting on Legwand, Fisher, Hornqvist, Kostitsyn and company to carry an offense, then you are asking too much. We also lack offensive weapons that we can call up.
This post isn't panic, this is what I see.
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