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11-20-2013, 08:35 AM
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Nashville, TN
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Curious Seth what kind/style of play do th east teams play with that the Preds had a hard time with?
It's seems like if they can beat Chi and Det you shouldn't have any problem with them.
Not sure it has anything to do with the style of play, Chicago and Detroit are both built with Scotty Bowman's fingerprints all over them - Detroit obviously is starting to get away from that slightly as it's been nearly 5 years since he moved to Chicago, but the players largely remain the same. The Predators have long used those two teams as measuring sticks for themselves as they have been atop the Central Division and winners of multiple Stanley Cups in the past decade.
All I'm saying is that the team plays up to Chicago and Detroit and conversely played down a bit to Winnipeg, New Jersey, and the Islanders and had no confidence left when they took on Pittsburgh last week. The key moving forward is developing and playing with an identity game in and game out. None of this inconsistency. Regardless of who your opponent is, you dictate the style and pace of play and make them beat you. That has been a staple of Predators Hockey since their existence and what disappeared last season. That is what Chicago and Detroit do to teams when they are successful...
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