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11-05-2013, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by overlords View Post
Another good example would be our fourth line early on. Nobody would say that White, Moen and Prust were all-stars, but they were pretty much destroying any 4th line competition they were facing, an embarrasment of riches, indeed.

Going back to Diaz, I think another problem is that people don't attribute any defensive value to d-men who can start the rush quickly and under pressure, which is nuts.
Any time a d-man gets the puck out of our zone, and hopefully to a forward who takes it into the offensive zone, every second is one where the opposition cannot score on them. That's huge.
It goes back to what I've been saying all along... Our D is good at skating the puck out of trouble. The lead passes, the puck handling... that's all good. Where we run into problems is when we don't have the puck down low. We don't clear the crease well nor are we very good at winning the physical battles. That's definitely a weakness.

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