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05-05-2013, 11:43 AM
3rd Guy High
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
Im entirely against an idea that would make this team more susceptible to neutral zone mistakes. They do a fine job of that already in this sheltered system that is designed to avoid it.

Not to mention, out of the 18 roster players that dress on any given night, only a very small handful have the speed and talent to make creative plays in the neutral zone.
We have the best goalie in the league in Lundqvist to back us up not to mention we still manage to give up multiple odd man rushes a game even with this "sheltered system"

Being afraid to make mistakes is what leads to 1 goal in 7 periods of play. We need to attack as a unit of 5 and use our D in our transition game, not have our forwards get the puck and try to fly by their D without offensive support. We're not fast enough. Our talent is in our defense, and believe it or not, we do have some very heady players in Stepan, Richards, Brassard and Zuccarello.

If we spread out our forwards in the offensive zone we would have LESS odd man rushes against because we'd have a 3rd guy high rather than all 3 guys behind their 3 forwards below the hash marks. This would take pressure off our defense when it comes to handling rushes.

It would also take pressure off our forwards because they would have more space to make moves down low, and we would stretch out their defensive coverage. If they decide to pick up that 3rd forward with their winger, then we use our D at the point.

Like it or not, the NHL is changing to a puck possession game involving all 5 players. Not a one dimensional offensive or defensive system.

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