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01-28-2013, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Jiggyfly View Post

It's like a virus when you keep letting this happen without accountability. Last night it was Neal, Sutter and Kunitz... Before that it was Cooke and Kunitz... etc. etc. Worst of all, Malkin and Crosby are turnover machines.

It's a troubling pattern affecting the entire team. No system is designed to account for this many turnovers. DB needs to start sending a message about accountability and that puck mismanagement won't be tolerated. Kunitz is an ideal guy to make his first example out of.
I think his so-called system is the underlying problem for the turnovers. Throw in the "rust" or lack of training camp or whatever and it's exponentially worse now.

This "go North fast" system has been figured out by most teams we play now.

There is nothing............nothing..............systematic ally similar to what made the Penguins great in 08 or 09. Even the less than tactical observer can see the difference.

Tactically, what we see now resembles nothing to what made the team successful then.

Forecheck- different- almost non-existent right now
Defensive zone coverage- zone vs man2man talked about ad naseum
Breakout-throw it long somebody tip it on the way by- chase------really?
O-zone entry- laughable, absolutely laughable, has been for a few seasons
Powerplay- see above

Grinding *****es down was about cycling in their zone to keep their top lines pinned, effectively neutralizing them.

Most of the turnovers I've seen were bad decisions by the players, but many of them the player passing the puck is under duress with no real options. Obviously, some were not this case and just terrible decisions by the player. But many times it seems there are no options to the puck carrier on the breakout, zone entry, and in the o-zone. That screams of systemic issues.

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