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01-26-2013, 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Jiggyfly View Post
I can barely keep my eyes open, but I'll explain a strategy used by the Devils last year in the playoffs that the Flyers had no answer for. A strategy I wanted DB to use and kept asking why he stubbornly refused to change the breakout. I was watching the Devs-Flyers game the other night and the Devils were doing the same things again with success.

The Devils used a double chip and chase strategy, because they knew the Flyers defense would be susceptible to their heavy forecheck. The Devils blueliners would chip it to the neutral zone and the fwds would immediately chip it to the strong side with their fwds moving their feet... Other times they would chip off the boards with a supporting fwd pushing the blueliner back to gain zone entry. It really kept the Flyers off balance.

Each breakout is setup based on if there is pressure or not and every player has a role they have to execute to break the puck out efficiently.

The Devils were constantly changing their breakout alignment... Sometimes bringing their wingers below the hash to support the breakout, other times they would press up... They moved their pivots all around, etc. etc. They kept the Flyers constantly guessing on the breakout with the end goal of getting the puck deep so their forecheck could abuse the Flyers.

The breakout is very important, but your forechecking system and cycle are just as important. It's all about countering breakouts and forechecking systems... Forcing players out of their roles and into making mistakes.

I just see DB making poor adjustments in these areas and I don't have a real explanation why he is doing certain things. He knows more about the game than I do, but I can easily recognize adjustments, counters, etc. and when something isn't working right.

I see players, vets, making unforgivable mistakes on breakouts and regroups that should never happen. A perfect example was when Kunitz had the puck and went to regroup in his zone. He went towards the middle of the ice on his backhand and lost it, leading to a great scoring chance for the Jets.

He had the strong side defender, Orpik right there. Play it back and let Orpik regroup and break it out. When you freelance like that, there is no set breakout, and worst of all, you NEVER try to regroup by cutting to the middle of your own zone on the backhand.

There has to be accountability for these mistakes, but there really isn't. I'm seeing the same mistakes as last year and it is worrisome.
Great stuff Jiggy. Give us more when you're awake again. It was nice to read it spelled out in layman's language.

Originally Posted by Tender Rip View Post
Not on our roster, no.
But that is what happens when every off-season this is ignored. When Letang's minutes with top forwards and subsequent point production masks the fact that he is NOT anything like a top PP performer (and we have no specialists to take over). When we consistently cannot get a satisfying solution for the left side of the PP and when having Crosby, Malkin and Neal on the same unit forces us to play two of them outside of the position they would ideally want.

So no. With this roster I would probably do what we are doing now on the PP.
I think back to when the Pens PP actually was good-- not just statistically but in terms of dictating and pressuring and really making the PK work-- and the two things we had that we don't now are a true shooting threat from the point (Gonchar) and a true net front presence (Malone).

I remember the open to the 2008-2009 season. Without Gonchar or Whitey, Therrien tried Malkin at the center/right point and Crosby in the right circle. That PP was filled with rookie Gogo on the left and Satan and Sykora. That PP killed it until the PK's for other teams just totally started selling out to take away Sid and Geno.

Me, I'd go Geno at the center/right point, Neal in the right circle, Tangradi in front of the net (because this is one thing he actually does well, parking his *** there and being a son of a ***** to move), Letang in the left circle, and let Sid kind of shark around.

Not sure if it works better, but I've got my two best shooters in position where they can shoot and a net front presence to screen the goalie.

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