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05-05-2013, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by dethomas07 View Post
have you?

I actually have for a long time and at high levels hahah.. but work ethic is everything, how can you say its not a factor? Simply wanting it more then an opponent and having more determination is everything.. you didn't watch the islanders game today? they simply raised there game, and pitt underestimated them and we're lucky to get the win..

thats why i think hockey is the greatest game, bc of that sole reason... hockey is a simple game systems are usually how you apply pressure (2-1-2 or 1-2-2) and how you create that pressure to create turnovers into scoring chances.. as well as capitalizing on mistakes etc...we're more of a transitional game team, nothing wrong with it.. d applys pressure in the N zone, takes time and space, creates turnovers and goes the other direction..

you want a 2-1-2 for loose puck battles, and 1-2-2 when the other team has possession so one guy chases and the other two stay high.. Essentially thats what hockey is, the system is always 2-1-2 or 1-2-2, what other deviations are effective otherwise? hockey is a very simple game.. you want 3 guys below the hash marks applying pressure? or to commit?

Compete level is everything, wanting to win the small battles to win the overall war is everything.. Strong on the forecheck applying one guy on the puck the second for support is what its all about.. DUmp and chase, thats hockey every team does it.. we just dont get there we have poor line changes which kill us and people on the ice way to longer then they should.. with the talent we have on offense, defense and in net theres no excuses this team should be dominate..
I want two guys outnumbering the Dman in the corner and a third man on the far side pressuring the outlet along the weak side(I want a 2-1-2 low or an occasional 3-2). I don't want one guy half committed on the 1-2-2 and hope the opposing Dman panics and throws the puck along the far side wall(Caps D is too mobile and gets too much support from one of their forwards). It doesn't work. The 2-1-2 high is worthless because we don't cover the middle at the blue line. Caps just skate the puck out of the zone.

Those are mediocre forechecks against that team. If Torts doesn't want to commit to a more aggressive forecheck, thats fine too. Rangers should just trap the crap out of the Capitals then. But these "half measured" approaches are not going to cut it. Thats not on the players, thats on the coach. Either the Rangers attack their D, or clog the neutral zone and take away Caps speed(helps our Dmen too who are overworked). One or the other.

But, this is all a moot point because our transition game is so worthless we can't execute a soft dump in. Its stretch pass tip ins and line change for everyone...

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