How did the Pens get to being a top seed?
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04-26-2013, 11:31 PM
Join Date: Feb 2013
Good points by a lot of people in here so far.
A few things I've noticed...
First of all, our PP was an utter mess at the start of the year. Don't know about stats, but it was just dumb. Neal at the point to begin with...luckily that didn't last. But guys were very static and predictable, and the PP looked stagnant. Back then, we only seemed to be able to score PP goals off the rush.
Second, our D-Zone gap was inconsistent and oftentimes really lax. Playing a tighter defensive game has been critical to keep goals against down.
For the record, I don't actually have a problem with DB's stretch-pass breakout and forecheck hard when the puck is deep philosophy. I think it's a straightforward yet effective system that works for players of all skill levels. But as others have pointed out, we do have the talent to carry the puck in when the other team is expecting for us to abuse the stretch pass.
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