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11-17-2013, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Watsatheo View Post
The Habs used to limit time and space for opposition D to make breakout passes too. They are really aggressive and it was refreshing to watch. Now they send one play and he usually stands and waits for opposition to move puck up ice.
Yeah, it's become opposite-world in the two zones. The opposition plays Montreal tight, while Montreal gives the opposition tons of space along the entire perimeter of the ice, allowing forwards to skate untouched into the Habs' zone. I get the Habs' strategy, and it works well if the defence can keep the opposition in the perimeter and force turnovers, but the Habs are being out-skated and out-positioned around Price. Shooting lanes open, players sneak in uncovered, Price gets shelled.

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