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Rangers @ Penguins 3/16/13 - Manbearpig Strikes Again
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03-17-2013, 03:07 AM
Join Date: Dec 2008
The issue with this team is quite simple. It's identity. The team make up is just off. Last season, they had 10 out 12 (not gabby or richards) forwards that played the same way. Speed, size and some skill. They were good defensively, great on the forecheck and wore down their opponents.
This year's team has top 2 lines can't really play that style consistently without getting banged up. And the bottom two lines really lack speed and skill to be effective at that style. Separately, the D is a mess too, but fixable.
So, what exactly is this team? What's the style that allows them to be effective? And where do they go from here?
The kids who have the best shot at making it next year... Will Lindberg, Fasth, Kreider, Thomas cure this identity crisis or make it worse? The one guy who could really help cure part of what ails this team is, ironically, Dylan Mcilrath. (and... also a true offensive minded D)
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