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03-17-2013, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Roboturner913 View Post
This team's main strength on offense is its forecheck/cycle game and the forwards creating turnovers in the neutral zone. Those aren't really things that can be negated by the other team's "system," they just need to get back to the basic game plan, do some more dump and chase stuff and mix it up a little bit more. They're too predictable right now.
Kinda hard to forecheck when you consistently turn the puck over ar the red line. A forecheck/cycle game presupposes a certain amount of speed coming over the offensive blue line, and we aren't even close to generating that speed with any consistency lately -- largely on account of a slow-developing and hesitant attack coming out of our own zone. That's been on display for several games now, against several different opponents, and it's not limited to any particular player having a bad stretch, so I'm inclined to think there's a systematic explanation for it. To wit, opposing teams have figured out that if they cover our wingers closely along the boards and meet the puck-carrying defenseman at the blue line, they can pretty easily trap us after the first pass and force a turnover.

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