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03-12-2013, 11:38 AM
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PerryTurnbullfan
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Originally Posted by Harley83 View Post
Everybody wants big numbers for Defensemen but the basics like burst skating, knowing when to hold the puck and good movement should be just as important as what they are putting up in numbers. It seems that Defense is putting so much priority in offensive puck movement that once turnovers are created it leaves these ugly odd-men rushes. Two things where St. Louis is suffering is physical play in front of the net and more back end protection from the opposition's chip-and-chase play. There really is no defensive strategy to defeat chip-and-chase teams other than just wearing them down and having adequate coverage.
I watch the no interference rule and look at it as an opportunity to run their forwards. Get some big d-men that can skate, let them chip it past the defense, and just paste them into the boards. I see other teams take this strategy. This will wear the other team out in a hurry. I don't like that we just seem to box up right away and not take the chance to take the body.

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