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06-09-2013, 05:14 PM
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Mike Farkas
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Originally Posted by Dennis Bonvie View Post
So when exactly did these changes occur and why do they cause these spikes?
They've evolved in recent times along with the position of goaltender. The proliferation of defense and goaltending is the reaction to the offense-happy 70's and 80's. This is the reflex back. The evolution of goaltender (all encompassing) is a little more obvious. The evolution and changes of defensive tactics are, obviously, a little less obvious.

Spikes are occurring when new defensive schemes meet quality rosters (especially defenses) meet disciplined coaches that demand a lot from their players. Fortunately or unfortunately, this type of coach has a short shelf life usually.

Look at Ken Hitchcock with Brian Elliott. Dave Tippett with Mike Smith recently.

Only sustainable if adjustments are made and/or players actually enjoy the stifling lack of creativity, etc.

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