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02-01-2014, 09:48 AM
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They still play zone on the PK

Last year under Torts version of zone, they were basically playing the PK even 5 on 5. Letting the other team have certain parts of the O-zone ice.

This led to too much time in that zone, players get tired, start to collapse, leaves the points wide open. Boston used that to work the puck down low then send the puck up high where Krug, Chara, Boychuk all have very good point presence.

This "man to man" way of playing is more risky, both in turnovers in the neutral zone in dangerous parts of the ice and in when it breaks down there is going to be a good scoring chance,but overall I'll take this style over what was going on.

The net positive is the Rangers can now score more than two goals per game and they do not look like they are standing around hoping to block every shot that comes through while trying to win a game 2 to 1.

Another positive is the Rangers are now more comfortable breaking up ice and it leads to a better power play as they can gain the O-zone on the power play more efficiently and make some good scoring plays off the rush.

Net Negative, they are going to run into to teams who play this same sort of hybrid system better than they do mostly because those teams have been doing it longer and have been built to play it.

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