Red Fisher Conference Finals: Minnesota Fighting Saints vs. Montreal Canadiens
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05-10-2013, 10:21 PM
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Starshinov was a much better skater than Espo or Stewart. Yes, he'd be the trailer, but usually in the good way.
You seem stuck on what system our lines would use. And that's fitting seeing as your coach is so rigid he'd actively punish players for employing tactics other than his own. That's not the way the Fighting Saints work. The Fighting Saints thrive on adaptability and creativity. They may be a stifling defensive team, but the don't achieve that through rigidity, they achieve through dynamic unpredictability. So to answer how the top line will attack. The answer is yes. Yes they will carry the puck, yes they will dump and chase (And you're fooling yourself if you think a Noble-Smith forecheck won't put serious and effective pressure on your defense.) Yes they will employ dump and not chase. And they'll also employ Soviet style passing plays and fusion plays. The defense will pinch, and the defense will hang back.
You've said in the past that you suspect Nighbor was equal parts the coach as Green. And that's the way it works. Nighbor, Harvey and Smith have the freedom to call plays. They are not bound in. Your team is, they are bound by Tommy Gorman. They are bound by the numbing defense of the Fighting Saints. They are bound by red they'll be seeing caused by the jaws of Smith, Linseman, Foglino and the physicality of Flaman, Green, Foglino etc...
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