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04-16-2013, 10:46 PM
Kel Varnsen
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Originally Posted by Grind Jam Grind View Post
Very simple reason as to why they lose races to the puck: (Along the boards)

They're told to collapse towards the middle of the ice in the D zone. OK, fine. Naturally, however, the opposing forwards will be more on the outside, and closer to the walls. Because the Rangers are all in the middle of the ice, when there's a loose puck, and it's between an opposing player who has been along the wall all along, or a Ranger trying to race back from the middle of the circles, who do you think is winning the race?
You're conflating O zone strategy with D zone strategy. There's a whole neutral zone in between the two.

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