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08-23-2013, 11:21 AM
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1) You play to your strengths. The defense and goaltending is leaps and bounds better than the forwards.
2) They had their best success in almost 20 years playing that style/system.
3) They're deep? They lacked depth to the point where they had to deal one of their purported best forwards, had to bring back an unproven player, and were still playing the likes of Powe, Newbury and Haley in the playoffs
well they're deep NOW. Cause that's what I'm talking about, now. Everyone on the roster is capable of scoring (assuming Pyatt and Powe stay off the roster, which they should), we don't have any more Halpern players that can only do one job and not score on top of it. Well yeah the defense and goaltending is better than the forwards, but that doesn't mean the team has to commit to shotblocking all the time. Take a team like Boston where their strengths are D and Goal, they don't play block every shot and throw the puck up the boards to enter the offensive zone hockey, because you can't play to one strength to the point where a weakness is even weaker. And that's what dump and chase block every shot hockey did with the forwards. More importantly, they completely fall apart in the playoffs. We deserved to lose to Ottawa last year, and even moreso Washington, but Hank dragged them kicking and screaming throughout both series'. Same with Washington this year, Brassard and Hank dragged them kicking and screaming again to the second round. I don't care about their regular season success, Torts and his system failed this roster come playoff time.
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