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10-09-2013, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by nyr2k2 View Post
Or maybe the problem is that deflections are ****ing difficult to stop/often stopped by nothing more than luck, and it's not really a "problem" to be blamed on anyone or anything?
System is no longer coalescing with Hank's play.

I went on a rant on this somewhere, but Hank plays very deep in his crease, which is a necessary factor for his trademark high percentage saves below the hashmarks.

The downfall of this is that shots from outside (including deflections) are more likely to get through him.

Even with deflected pucks, stepping out to the top of the crease when the puck is on the blueline takes a higher percentage of the net away, making the puck less likely to go in.

Under a strong defensive system, forwards take away more of those low percentage outside shots by blocking them.

Defensemen take away the cycle by forcing the puck either into the corner, behind the net or on to their own tape (we currently lack any defensemen that do the latter) preventing many of the shots from being taken in the first place.

Of course, defensemen can also absorb those shots.

This sort of system is extremely beneficial to support a deep, conservative goalie like Hank.

When the defensive zone play takes away outside shots on principle, it inflates a goalie's numbers if he's elite down low.

Of course, a defensive system can also clear the crease down low, and collapse to block those shots, but it requires the right personnel and surgical implementation.

But that's how you stop the deflections going in. Either your goalie plays further out of the crease, or you build your team around absorbing those shots.

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