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11-17-2013, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Lshap View Post
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.
I remember last year Price was hardly seeing any rubber. Habs were so dominant, he was a non-issue for most games(until the playoffs came along). The puck was not staying enough in the Habs' zone for him to be really challenged or receive a good number of pucks.

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