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03-12-2013, 11:41 PM
Ed finally concedes!
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Originally Posted by ahthorne View Post
However, some other defensive numbers more related to whole team... :

Giveaways: 6th
Takeaways: 25th
Giveaway vs Takeaway radio: 1.55 giveaways per 1 takeaway, which is something like 5th worst.

Face-Off %: 47.5 ... ranks 24th

5v5: Obviously they've struggled 5on5. 25th in the league in 5v5 goals for/against ratio.

Special teams: league worst 16.9 PIM per game... while being shorthanded the most along with Buffalo. Their almost-top-10 PK helps cut the powerplay goals down though. However, they have the 11th best powerplay time vs. PK time, so special teams isn't really an issue although cutting down penalties could increase that number big time. 2nd most time spent on powerplay, but also 2nd most time spent killing penalties.

I think clearly, it's more a full team defensive thing. This team can't win a draw and so they automatically go into defensive mode, protect the net and protect Bryzgalov. Then they just try to clear the puck and panic and often give it away or if they move it up to the forwards, they lose it like they don't know what to do with it under pressure. They don't play a game where they hound the puck and cause turnovers which is how the 'Hawks have found a lot of success. Obviously, teams that turn the puck over a lot more than they take it away either have an unreal offense (Pittsburgh) or rely on their goaltending/stellar team defensive play (New York, LA). The Flyers don't move around, they just watch the puck move around and try and get in front of shots which is probably why the shot blocking numbers are so high. At least they hit a lot...
This is telling. Yes 5 on 5 is a big problem..if you noticed teams that are disciplined and stay out of the box are able to counteract our special teams advantage. The Pens adjusted their game in the 2nd period clogging the middle and staying out of the box and the Rangers did the same. The Devils employ the same tactic. We seem to only win against undisciplined and teams that don't check as well. This team is very predictable and what makes it worse is that if you are patient against the Flyers you will frustrate them and they will crumble especially if Bryz is not making key stops...

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