Official GDT February 5: NY Rangers VS Detroit Red Wings, 7:00p VERSUS
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02-05-2007, 11:04 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA
I actually tend to agree w/ the sentiment that our defenseman this year are better than last year.
the problem is our defense is worse.
because last year, to almost a man (including jagr sometimes) they backchecked as a 5 man unit. the forwards supported the defenseman, and the defenseman supported the goalie. when 5 players are playing hard defensively, its a lot harder to score than when 2 or 3 players are. this year, way too many forwards are not coming back hard, and way too many players are trying home run plays rather than simple and smart plays.
ALSO and this is most important. last year our defense was good because of our offense. our forwards controlled the puck. the HMO line would control the puck in the offensive zone for the bulk of their shifts, same with the other lines. they may have not put the puck in the net, but they controlled the puck posession end of things which limits the oppportunities against. this simply is not happening this year. our puck posession time is probably 30-40% WORSE than last year, which is leading to more neutral zone turnovers and more brainfarts in the defensive zone.
All this comes back to discipline, accountability, and oh yeah....COACHING.
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