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2013-2014 Rangers pre-season discussion
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09-23-2013, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by
Bleed Ranger Blue
Its often pick your poison when it comes to a defensive strategy. Quite frankly, Ill take my chances with Tori Krug and the other pointmen of the world vs. all-world forwards who, for the most part, the Rangers shut down when it comes to making even strength plays below the hash marks.
My major issue is how comfortable the staff became with bunching up down low in the defensive zone. It seemed like very little thought and practice went into what comes next when the team actually gets the puck.
Fair enough, yet when the team is trapped in their own zone playing that style, they are not ever going to have the energy to go up ice. They have to change lines or at least the defense, so it's what we saw, chip/stretch/tip/dump change.
They need some sort of hybrid system, yes collapse and block shots need be, dump the puck if they are tired, but that can not be their only plan. It just allows for the other team to dictate the pace until they find a way to get their version of Krug open, especially if that team also has a Boychuk and Chara type also blasting away.
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