Reason for man-to-man
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01-29-2014, 10:08 PM
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Not 100% sure but I do think having the zone was better for the type of D that Torts ran here. The reason that they went to the man D probably has a bit more to Ulf Samuelsson then AV... Maybe since he is the D coach, AV seems to let the other coaches coach their specialty.
No he played Man in Vancouver. It's not that it doesn't work, but teams can create a lot of scoring chances against through their passing or hitting.
If the Rangers beat a guy to the puck or get a 50/50 battle out or win the race to the puck, it allows for a fast transition game if the Ranger passes connect.
The risk is that constant pressure, and straight man having lots of moving defenders instead of parking themselves in the slot equals a lot of high quality scoring chances if the opposition out possesses the Rangers.
Bigger, tougher, teams that own the boards will beat up on Man defenses. Look at the Rangers record this season against the heavier teams and you'll see a losing record.
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