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04-18-2013, 03:39 PM
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There are probably several reasons for Murray's ... less terrible ... effect on Pittsburgh, personally I think the biggest is that he's playing the east now. Teams haven't figured out yet how to make him a liability to you, but also, the east doesn't seem to play as aggressive, quick and tight in the neutral zone and on the forecheck. Out west, Murray had to bail on pucks to get ahead of the rush and would get pressured into mistakes by the forecheck all the time.

Also, the east plays a lot more of an uptempo offensive style rather than the locked down defensive style of the west, where one mistake can determine the outcome of a game, and where it's a battle for territory more than a battle for goals.

You also look at the makeup of teams in the east, you have a whole division that is dreadful in the southeast, and even the better teams like Montreal are not top to bottom constructed like juggernauts (i.e. they are quick but small, whereas in the west you have a ton of teams that are fast AND huge). You get to face peter budaj, that says it all. And you still let in 4 goals.

Then of course you have the change of scenery effect.

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