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04-18-2013, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
I think, like any team, the message is to dump it if theres no play in the neutral zone. Thats not a system, thats common sense. Theres no more costly and frequent turnovers than between the blue lines in the NHL. I refuse to believe, however, this is the game plan.

Your observation about a stretch pass being the first option out of the zone is a very good one. Something needs to be done to address the lack of speed through the neutral zone. Its absolutely killing this team.
I think the issue is that their first instinct seems to be that they should dump the puck in. Look for a stretch pass, if it's not there, gain the red line and dump the puck in. Whether that's the result of the system, or simply a confidence thing amongst the players who feel they cannot gain the zone on the rush, it makes little difference to me. You can't be a one-trick pony in this league, and with several defenders who can really skate, we should be rushing the puck more often.

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