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01-26-2010, 04:27 PM
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The improvements since Laviolette took over

Let's make a list.

When is the last time we got called for Too Many Men? Remember how many of those we used to get?

Skating, skating, skating. This is the biggie for me.

Add your improvements!

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01-26-2010, 04:30 PM
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Focused aggression is probably at the top of my list.

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Facial expressions.

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Let's make a list.

When is the last time we got called for Too Many Men? Remember how many of those we used to get?

Skating, skating, skating. This is the biggie for me.

Add your improvements!
The forecheck/the active defenseman in the offensive zone are the biggest things I have noticed. There also seem to be less offensive zone penalties but that might just be my imagination.

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How bout that we are actually playing in a system where as Stevens would say, "**** it! Just go ape **** and see if you can score a goal."

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Facial expressions.
Though, we should not forget Carcillo's impact on this.

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High pressure hockey. Most of us have been saying for years that this team was ideally suited for it, so it's nice to see it working.

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The forecheck/the active defenseman in the offensive zone are the biggest things I have noticed. There also seem to be less offensive zone penalties but that might just be my imagination.
YES, they are EXCITING to watch now [even in Sun's loss]

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The team being in shape to play an uptempo system.

The team having a system.

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The forecheck/the active defenseman in the offensive zone are the biggest things I have noticed.
This. And the winning.

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01-26-2010, 05:08 PM
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I am most happy that, on most nights, they are a difficult team to play against. I see far fewer games lost because of lack of effort

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When is the last time we got called for Too Many Men? Remember how many of those we used to get?
May have to take this up with JXC. Last I checked he was sarcastically quoting me commenting on our propensity for that penalty through the first half of last year.

As to what's happened under Laviolette...better forecheck system, with a real neutral zone defensive scheme behind it (left-wing lock, who has heard of that!), and a much improved gap control (in general) with better breakouts resulting...leading to less time stuck in our own zone.

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It's still a little early to tell, since the team has had one long stretch of playing poorly and one long stretch of playing well, but...

- Sustained offensive zone pressure and the forecheck, while noticeably better at the beginning of the season under Stevens, have been consistently improving under Laviolette.

- As mentioned, the active defensemen has been a clear tactical difference between Stevens and Laviolette.

- Collapsing around the net to clear away loose pucks in the defensive zone has also been better since Lavi took over.

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Carcillo's stache, its gotten much more thrilling

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We don't rely on "chaos" in the offensive zone (randomly trying to create chances starting from a central positioning by passing wherever whenever to score a goal). Instead we're now a reactionary offensive attack that works to free up one thing and reacts a specific way to free up more opportunities depending on how the defense reacts.

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Noticed all the things mentioned here. Also noticed that we always get a fwd back in our zone on the back check. Very important with the O system we have. I think it was improving under stevens but faceoffs have been a lot better.

Undisciplined penalties are waaaay down. Hartnell seems like a new player.

Also noticed more individual creativity from the skilled players like JVR and Giroux. Danny is starting to show what he can do also just needs that last push.

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Head coach that constantly yells, "let''s ****ing go!"

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The newspaper delivered to the coach's office often now gets its crossword puzzle completed rather than having the Jumble completed in some kind of personal retard language.

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We don't play pond hockey anymore.

We have a game plan and stick to it.

Lavi will call a timeout when he sees his sink shipping.

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Timeouts are actually used when they need to be, not with 2 minutes left every game, regardless of the score.

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My absolute favorite thing is that when the team is slacking and showing no effort, he let's them know it. And when he calls a time out for that reason the team actually pays attention to him, unlike Stevens who might as well have been talking to himself because all the players are staring in the opposite direction from him.

I also like how he doesn't pick on certain players or favor certain players like Stevens did (ex: Downie, Hartnell, Kukkonen). It seems like under Laviolette, if you skate your ass off and give 100% every night he's gonna stand behind you completely.

Oh, and.... we actually have a system now.

This team is just 110% better off with Laviolette behind the bench.

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The newspaper delivered to the coach's office often now gets its crossword puzzle completed rather than having the Jumble completed in some kind of personal retard language.

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My absolute favorite thing is that when the team is slacking and showing no effort, he let's them know it. And when he calls a time out for that reason the team actually pays attention to him, unlike Stevens who might as well have been talking to himself because all the players are staring in the opposite direction from him.

I also like how he doesn't pick on certain players or favor certain players like Stevens did (ex: Downie, Hartnell, Kukkonen). It seems like under Laviolette, if you skate your ass off and give 100% every night he's gonna stand behind you completely.

Oh, and.... we actually have a system now.

This team is just 110% better off with Laviolette behind the bench.
Hard to say he doesn't play favorites considering the short time he's been here. Not saying it will be as bad as some say Stevens was, but all coaches play favorites.

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01-26-2010, 06:24 PM
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Leadership. My appreciation for good coaching has been reborn. The results are night and day.

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Conditioning, discipline, and putting forth 60 minutes of solid effort are problems with many teams every single season. As we see constantly with the NFL and NBA, "professional" is often merely an economic distinction with no other bearing in terms of discipline or professionalism.

Sure, there has been a lack of heart at times over the last several years. But if you don't think that the best coaches/GMs throughout the league don't understand that there is a constant battle to keep conditioning, discipline, and effort at 100%, then I guess you just don't pay attention to teams around the league.

As soon as the special teams got cold, all of the issues with Stevens' system were exposed to even those trying to be purposefully blind to them. Stevens let the team get weak and undisciplined. They didn't magically get heart when Laviolette arrived. They magically got held accountable by a discipline oriented coach. And it took a long damn time. Even though many of us said this right after the firing, in hindsight it is absolutely clear that Stevens should have been fired before training camp. If that happens the Flyers are in a much better position right now.

It's about leadership. It doesn't matter if its professional athletes, professional soldiers, or professional businessmen. Unguided talent will never reach its potential. And this team was lacking guidance from a number of places, not just coach, for a long time.


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