Re: Analytical Observations
posted at 4/26/2013 10:33 PM EDT
In response to seobrien's comment:
"we so often see whack off the defender"
...am I the only one sophomoric enough to have caught this in BB's initial post? probably
To the original points though. I think there is certainly a lack of imagination in the offensive zone (save Jagr, Marchand, and to a lesser extent Bergeron. They seem to have sucked the creativity out of Krejci altogether) Some of it has do do with the north/south, leave the center defensively back, and every once in a while allow a DMan deep method. After X amount of time it becomes predictable...unless the 2 forwards who are on the forecheck just pound the boards. This worked like a charm in '11, the B's simply owned the corners. This year if/when they lose the battles deep the D Pair and High forward are always in full retreat. I've seen numerous time where the D clears out, the forward steals the puck and lo and behold, no one there to even consider getting a pass. It's not a matter of just going north south or east west it is a matter of doing something/anything the D doesn't expect.
The second problem tactically I've seen this year is their inability to gain the offensive line clean. Watched a lot of Chicago Anaheim, Pitt, etc. this year and the puck carrier always seems able to get inside the line with clean possession sometimes with speed, sometimes with a quick stop to create a passing lane. It seems (this year anyways) that it's dump and chase, shoot from way out and wide, or the ever popular Seguin 1 on 3.
Last note, on what I've deemed their biggest issue...the inability to string 2-3 passes together. I think this is simply a case of not being alert. I've got my wife even repeating it. I say "What does Wayne Gretzky say?" She replies "Skate to where the puck is going to be".
They can make some noise in the playoffs but you can't just turn confidence on and off. Here's to hoping they find that elusive "other gear" that Brick keeps going on about.
Totally glazed over it, seobrien.