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05-07-2013, 11:56 AM
Fanned On It
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It's true, our breakout is terrible. We DO force it up the boards way too often. We need to take a page out of the LA Kings playbook (watch their stanley cup run last season) when it comes to breakouts. They seem to ALWAYS have support in the middle of the ice for a short pass to the center who can THEN look for a streaking winger to move the puck up ice. Of course that pass isn't always going to be there, but it needs to be more of an option than it is now.

A big thing that plays into the breakout is how fast our defensemen/centers react when they get the puck. They have to be able to move that thing as soon as they get it. They can't pick up the puck, look over their shoulder, look the other way, and then FINALLY make a pass. All of that has to happen a lot faster than it is now. Us getting hemmed in our zone was the #1 thing that kept us from going farther in last year's playoffs, without a doubt.

Oh yeah and, where's Richards? Dead?

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