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01-30-2013, 01:23 PM
Yukon Cornelius*
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First and foremost, some solid practices would do wonders.

This team needs to learn to be calm, poised and relaxed with the puck. Whether it's a strong forecheck or an aggressive penalty killing unit, this team folds under pressure. (same as last year which is very concerning and adds weight to the argument that Lavy's methods are suspect and perhaps falling on deaf ears)

Outside of Kimmo and "G", the rest of both units seizes up and hurries the pass or the shot.

I'll add the notion about an identity crisis on the PP. On one hand, they're employing the twin towers method (Harts/Knuble & Simmer) whereby you've got this dual big body presence directly in front of the goalie but rather than load up with bombs from the point and then fight and overwhelm the crease area for garbage goals, we're staying to the outside and passing the puck between the remaining 3 players looking for the perfect pass or odd man situation.

The PP, to my eyes at least, looks overtly telegraphed and regimented. For all the talk about letting creative players like "G" play, I see none of it on our PP's. Although I'm still glad they didn't resign him, Jagr's ability to protect/shield the puck from defenders is glaringly absent right now.

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