Around the League #5: 2013 Play-offs Edition!: Nucks fire AV, AVs hire Roy
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05-22-2013, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by
The Perfect Human
That is the antithesis of Kruger hockey. He instead has the defenders chase their man around the zone, eventually resulting in total chaos. That 5-man unit set-up is how all the top defending teams seem to do it.
Interesting that the deduction at the end is that the Wings learn this from the best player in the world ( I agree) Pavel Datsyuk.
Man, the Hawks look disorganized and in shock compared to the Wings. I still maintain the Hawks won the cup in a year where opposition was notoriously weak.
I've not seen the Hawks win many series against completely dedicated efforts from opponents.
ps just as a further point Badger Bob Johnson had the Calgary Flames often pressuring the more skilled Edmonton Oilers like this. Its not all that new. Their whole club moved in very similar 5 man units to outman the Oilers everywhere. The key of course being to develop quick passing to break the contain. You need a breakout system, and speed and skill to beat the system. Guys like Anderson could make systems like this pay. Few players that are like him.
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