The Poile/Trotz Relationship
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03-11-2013, 01:38 PM
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By design, but it is a strategy that can work. Look at the last 2 cup winners. Neither team had a scoring superstar. Boston didn't have anyone over 62 points. So the idea of putting 3 or 4 lines that can score a few goals vs 1 or 2 lines that can score a lot of goals is a valid one. That obviously isn't happening for us at the moment, but it is a valid strategy in building a team.
LA had Kopitar, Carter, Richards, Brown...four players that are better than any one we have. Boston had Bergeron, Krejci, Lucic...three.
It's one thing to draft safely and draft for character, but you have to be able to do it VERY well and supplement it with the right free agents. Otherwise you end up with a top six comprised of a couple of second line forwards and several third line players.
In every playoff series we've lost, it's been because we couldn't generate enough offense. That formula works over an 82 game grind, but in a short series, you have to have people you can count on. Depending on streaky hot\cold offense will kill you when the entire team goes "cold," the way it did versus PHX.
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