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03-12-2012, 01:23 PM
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Is it time to change our style of play?

With all the injuries and the D being prone to mental errors do we need to go back to the old style of no D pinching and one man forecheck.

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No. They need stay aggressive and make less mistakes

Krejci leaving his man open or Lucic leaving the puck ready to be picked off at the blue line isn't our system, it's carelessness

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No. They need stay aggressive and make less mistakes

Krejci leaving his man open or Lucic leaving the puck ready to be picked off at the blue line isn't our system, it's carelessness
True, but I've seen way to many 2-1 in the last little while from the d pinching and no foward backing up. Also, with the roster having alot of new faces, maybe it makes life for these guys a little easier to not have to worry about covering for the pinching D

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The d pinching isn't part of the system though, it's a decision a defenseman makes when they feel they can keep the play alive without giving up an opportunity the other way, when you can't win the puck battle, it back fires. So they need to be grittier in puck battles, right now they are worn out and down soldiers

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They are a very unskilled team right now. They need to play a run and gun game out of the gate. Try to get an early lead, then trap the hell out of the other team to win. The system doesn't work when you only have 1 1/2 lines capable of executing it.

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They are a very unskilled team right now. They need to play a run and gun game out of the gate. Try to get an early lead, then trap the hell out of the other team to win. The system doesn't work when you only have 1 1/2 lines capable of executing it.
Not to argue but with the personel badly depleted, as much as we'd love to see this team get and keep the lead, they aren't nearly skilled or deep enough to play run and gun.

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Not to argue but with the personel badly depleted, as much as we'd love to see this team get and keep the lead, they aren't nearly skilled or deep enough to play run and gun.
I don't think they have the legs to play our current system. A run and gun game removes a lot of structure that requires thought. I don't think the run and gun game requires more skill.

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Not to argue but with the personel badly depleted, as much as we'd love to see this team get and keep the lead, they aren't nearly skilled or deep enough to play run and gun.
Teams with less skill try to play a system that lowers scoring oppourtunites. Clogging the neutral zone and sending one man forechecks helps the d slow down the middle of the ice. Right now, with 3 top 6 forwards out, we need to be realistic and just try to win games with trapping style.

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They are a very unskilled team right now. They need to play a run and gun game out of the gate. Try to get an early lead, then trap the hell out of the other team to win. The system doesn't work when you only have 1 1/2 lines capable of executing it.
Agreed. They're still playing as though they have no injuries and can make all the slick moves. Obviously, they can't. Once in a while Seguin can split the D; Marchand is losing his edge trying to do that as teams figure him out. This team needs fugly goals; they need to get way more shots on net--especially on the PP where their shot totals are atrocious.

But, most of all, they need to hit WAY more than they're doing. They simply are not taking the body. And, no, taking the body is not synonymous with pounding the guy into the boards and drawing a suspension. It does mean though that they need to bang bodies. Doing so causes the other teams to cough up the puck leading to offensive chances.

The coaches seem to have let this part of the game slide. Can't get why.

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No, they have already tired the 1-2-2 numerous times with little success. There has been a lot of mental slippage this year in terms of the style and effort of the forecheck. They are so hurt now they could play a 1-4 not even a 1-2-2 and it wouldn't make much of a difference. Nice thought though.

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the just need to get healthy and get as much rest as possible before the playoffs

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