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08-20-2013, 11:15 AM
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Panda Bear
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Originally Posted by ManofSteel55 View Post
I see a lot of people saying that we're too small for this division, but our speed might counteract that. We always seem to be competitive against LA especially, our speed might work wonders against these teams that are used to playing other big teams. We are easily the fastest team in the division, only Vancouver and Anaheim can keep up in my opinion. That might not mean much, but if Eakins can get our guys playing a good speed based game that doesn't result in us being crushed all game, we will see some improvement.
Totally.

When you have a very fit, fast and agile team, you're able to use systems that rely on skating to make up for aggressive positioning if the puck moves up or through to the weak side.

3-2 or 2-1-2 aggressive forechecking? We can do it.
Lots of strong side pressure? We can do it.
Deep backchecking? We can do it.

We don't need to be a passive team based upon great positioning because we should have the speed and fitness to be aggressively winning the puck back in every zone. We should have numbers on the puck, and we should break out very quickly because winning the puck in numbers means that you already have puck support.

You can compete with big teams if you know how to outskate them with pressure and puck possession. (You know, like Chicago.)

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