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01-28-2013, 04:37 PM
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Again i'll point out the complete dichotomy that is PP Del Zotto and even strength Del Zotto.

When DZ is on the power play it is often as the only D. He therefore has to stay back and cover, and doen't have enough of a slapshot to be a threat. He basically becomes a puck return machine.

DZ has success in two different areas; on the rush and passes from his own zone. With Richards carrying the puck up on the PP, that takes away the latter from him. He won't join the rush or even really creep down on the PP because our formation is so static.

The solution I'd propose is to flip Stralman and DZ on the PP units. Have Stralman work across from Richards on the first unit, DZ across from Girardi on the second. That will let DZ work with a more blue collar group and allow him to be more of a catalyst, rather than the 5th wheel on the Richards Nash Gaborik Callahan bus.

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