Carlyle's defensive style
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02-11-2013, 11:46 PM
Join Date: Nov 2008
The differences are not subtle.
-switched Phaneuf to his natural side
-giving Kadri and Frattin prime PP time
-far more proactive about linematching
-has the forwards more closely supporting the defense for the first pass
-has the centers playing much higher in the neutral and offensive zone
-makes good use of the fourth lne
-much less passive penalty kill
-has made the Grabovski line essentially a dedicated shutdown tool to the point that they don't even play the PP anymore so that they're always ready when the opposition's top forwards come on
It's only subtle if you think the reason Ron Wilson's teams were always terrible was just some abstract concept with no real solutions. Good coaching goes a long way, and it's not just psychological or 'intangible.'
The only thing Carlyle hasn't greatly improved upon is the PP, but he has at least recognized that Kadri/Frattin/Franson belong there. And the PP is one of those things you can try to teach but once you're set up in the offensive zone it's all up to the players to make the right decisions.
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