The All-Purpose Goaltending Thread #9
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03-28-2013, 05:25 PM
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The inability to get out of our zone cleanly has a lot more to do with the defense than it does the forwards. The other team knows that they can just collapse down on our wingers because the defenseman don't have the ability to adjust and beat their aggressiveness, or skate the puck out of the zone.
The forwards often make un-pressured mistakes or simply skate directly into opposing players as well, though. Our forwards were pressured in the past as well, but they didn't crumble like they have this year. For one thing, none of them are supporting each other...it's often one man against two or three while a couple Flyers watch and see where the puck will go.
Even when the defense gives them the puck and they have space, the second they make that second pass to someone in the neutral zone it's almost always the same thing...they give it to someone along the boards who has nowhere to go. They haven't adjusted to that or changed anything all year. I don't see how adding Carle or some other PMD would change that. They'd make the pass, and then the problems with the offense would just continue. They'd still be predictable and easy to defend.
Even on defensive plays near the blue line where the defensemen aren't involved, it's generally pretty likely the fowards will struggle all on their own getting it clear or getting through the neutral zone.
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