Thread: Post-Game Talk: Rangers @ Blues: Better?
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10-13-2013, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Clowe Knows Best View Post
I think that's a crock IMO, they're making fundamental mistakes not systematic mistakes. Leaving guys open, both guys going to the same opposing player, countless turnovers. I'm just hoping it's just a contagious period of poor play from our d-men
I don't disagree with any of this, except the point I was making was related to just one part of the defensive game that looks particularly weak this year, the turnovers by defensemen when clearing/leaving the zone. Where they would previously look to get the puck out asap, they are now looking more for that creative breakout pass. As a result they spend an extra second with the puck, just enough for the opposing side's forechecker to gain position on them and create a dangerous situation.

I'm not a big "blame it on the system" kind of guy, and I certainly don't think it's an acceptable excuse for this horrid start, but certain parts of the game will require an adjustment period. I feel that the mentioned part is one of them.

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