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02-25-2013, 10:07 PM
Northland Wild Man
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Originally Posted by Emilie View Post

Really good article from Russo about the dump and chase
"You put a couple pucks in behind the defensemen and let [Cal Clutterbuck] run loose on them, as the game wears on, they'll start to get tired, their gaps will get worse and suddenly everything about their defensive coverage gets softer. They don't want to get hit anymore."

That's a great strategy if you have a team that is willing to pay the price in the corners. Throw the puck in and run the defenseman in the corner and intimidate him and make him screw up, that's hockey 101. The Wild however, can't seem to win the majority of these puck battles 1 on 1 and so they get 1 shot and the puck comes out of the zone. It all comes down to the willingness to pay the price in the corners and IMO the players don't have that right now.

I absolutely hate the lack of physicality.The thought has crossed my mind on a few occasions that the Wild has invested too much in finesse players, and not enough in power forward types. The NHL seems to be dominated by the big power forwards right now.

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