Is Anton Stralman in a Tenuous Spot with Rangers?
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03-08-2014, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by
Bleed Ranger Blue
I think you're wrong. But whatever.
Whether he can or can't doesn't matter. The best coaches in the league all line up their sticks on defense.
The reason for that is teams can force a guy to turn to defend on zone entries and dump ins on their off side. With how fast the game is at the NHL level, that split second difference can make all the difference in the world.
Perfect example of this is the Devils vs Flyers in the 2012 playoffs. Flyers sported 6 LHD on defense... 6. The Devils just used a cross corner dump on the D on his off side, and pinned the Flyers in their zone all series long. Needless to say it was a very short series, and a big reason why they traded JVR for RHD Schenn.
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