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11-17-2013, 10:42 AM
Smokey Thompson
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Originally Posted by Lshap View Post
Teams are bottling up our puck-moving defence. They're forechecking harder and deeper in our zone, forcing Markov and Subban to hurry their passes. It's working. Habs passing has become a series of desperate flips, hail-Marys and two-line bombs. Result: Our puck-possession has disappeared because we can't start a proper rush out of our own zone. We're stuck in our zone or we try a long pass that misses, bringing us back into our zone.

The fast breakout worked last season, but other teams have adapted to us. When is Therrien going to adapt in turn?
U hit the nail on the head.. This has been apparent for many games now yet still no change. We just can't get the puck out of the zone, and when we do we usually turn it over in the neutral zone.

And if we actually get into the offensive zone, we have 2-3 lines that'll just circle around the perimeter, and eventually get off a shot from a bad angle with 0 circulation infront of the net. Opposing teams have realized we just don't have the size and speed to break through to the middle, so they essentially block off the middle of the ice to perfection against us.

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