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05-01-2013, 01:44 PM
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One specific aspect on which the defense needs to work is rebound control and clearing. Both Flyers goalies give up pretty juicy rebounds and the defensive positioning should be geared towards blocking out the charging opponent and/or jumping on the loose pucks.

As well, the defensive coverage needs a unit feel to it rather than the mad puck chase in its current form. They need to identify the soft places into which opponents are regularly sliding for key scoring opportunities. Their stickwork is pretty good and their shot blocking is among the best in the league. I like the hard pressure at the points, but so often they simply miss the puck or make horrible decisions when they get it.

Forwards have to go back to NHL elementary school about making and receiving passes. It is my belief that they would have had a much better outcome, significantly lowered goals against and raised goals for with good, sound breakouts with speed. How often did a Flyer pounce on a puck in the defensive zone, only to:
  • make a terrible pass that gets picked off and lead to more pressure in their zone
  • miss their passing target, resulting in an icing
  • have the passing target flub receipt of the pass, negating a potentially dangerous rush?

Finally, they should spend some time about being careful with positioning and movement right around the net to avoid the numerous own-goals off unfortunate bounces and deflections.

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