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02-06-2013, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post
Yeah, there aren't enough east-west players on the roster to indicate to me that we're stifling creativity on the rush. We're just not great in the puck handling department. Kreider and Gaborik have wicked shots, but are average at best when it comes to "dangling" with the puck through traffic. Richards is too slow to be elusive in traffic. Stepan isn't strong enough to battle through traffic. Hagelin is blazing fast, but isn't a great puck handler either.

The real problem, IMO, is the lack of intensity on the forecheck. It's called dump and chase, not dump and casually pester the opposing defense before retreating.
Yes, and lack of intensity in general, to be honest. Last year's team played with a chip on its shoulder every night. So far, this team is playing like there hasnt been NHL hockey in 8 months AND a team thats read the Stanley Cup prediction. Torts needs to find a spark, and I think he will.

The special teams is a whole different story. Heavily concerned about that.

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