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08-23-2013, 05:14 PM
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2012/13 season issues

We all know injuries were a big part. Puck possession was a big part on both ends. Looking at the stats though, something really stood out to me was our lack of physical play. We're so soft, only 5 teams with less hits.

So now I can see why Trotz targeted Nystrom and Hendricks, we really need more physical play, I actually wonder if it's enough. We talk about being a team of grinders but we don't actually grind.

Our other problem is overall speed. We need more speed. We have no speed to back defensemen up so our defensemen have to make perfect passes to breakout or just clear the puck off the glass.

Both of these issues are also a problem with puck possession. Can't skate with the puck because of the speed, can't dump and chase because can't play the body.

I always thought we were a fairly physical team but looking at hits, we're really not. If we're not going to be high skilled, let's be physical, impose our will. If Ekholm and Jones both make it, we'll have the size on defense for sure.

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