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10-09-2006, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by JMMR View Post
I will agree with you when you say that Plekanec does need to take control in the neutral zone, but he does have to play more of an east west style when playing with puck handlers like Kovalev and Samsonov because they rarely skate into the offensive zone on a straight away (they usually make 2 or 3 moves and head in on a 45 degree angle)

But as you said give them some practice time (today and tomorrow and see what these guys do in Philadelphia because I am expecting a break out night for this line)
That's exactly why Pleks has to abondon East-West. Right now, Kovy and Sammy aren't pressuring teams at all off the rush cause they take so damn long to get to the offensive zone. We need someone to force these guys to forget making moves in the neutral zone and hustle their ***** to the net, not to sit back and let them dangle and turn back and let defences stack up the blue.

The line has been very good once they establish themselves in the offensive zone. But they're having problems getting there. If Pleks can get through the neutral zone with speed, there's no doubt both of those guys will follow. But easier said than done.

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