Puck possesion for sure. Something we kind of got away from in the playoff for some reason. But look at Detroit, they went through hard times in the playoffs recently but this year....look out! Hopefully with a teak here and there we can become as dominant as they are.
It was part of the sea change this season. Go for a defensive, trapping, dump-and-chase team (often, dump-and-don't-chase) to an offensive-minded, speedy puck-possession club that relies on passing and high-percentage shots. When they said it was Kovalev's team now, this is what they meant -- Kovalev is a quintessential puck-possession player.
The Detroit model is not a bad one. Strong throughout, deep, lots of players with European style but a fair amount of grit as well. Montreal is too young to be Detroit yet, but the seeds certainly are planted.
I only watched the first 4 goals tonight. Three of them Detroit had someone planted in front of the nets.
The reason Detroit does it so well is because they have some size to go with their skill. They hang onto the puck, get it low, then have a short passing game to get lots of shots with someone parked out front.
We have NOBODY who can park out front. So Hossa is really not the guy we need if you think about it. We need someone who can stay at the net.
I don't know why Latendresse can't do it. Maybe Pacioretty can?