Sarcastic wrote:mikey287 wrote:Points to consider:
- The team tactics have gotten away from its previous hard-forechecking, battle-hardened cycling style...like I've said, we have transitioned to being the Washington Capitals late last year...nobody likes that...we're not using the players we've assembled at their best...Kunitz suffers as he's not a natural, organic offense creator. Perhaps it's part Kunitz, but I'm not sure he's allowed to play the same way as he did in 2009...
Whatever it is, we are not playing the same way. I think we were the 3rd best defensive team a couple years back. Played a tough game. What happened? Maybe we changed tactics somewhat, but I do think a lot of it has to do with the roster, as well, because we lost a lot of size and grit during that time. We were one of the biggest teans. We are now one of the smallest. Lack of size is a big issue with me.
Part of the problem is for so long teams played passive against us. down the stretch last year teams really opened up on us and it worked. I have used this example before but 2001 te steelers has the most dominant front 7 I have ever seen in a 3-4 defense.
They were unstoppable until cheat a check realized our defensive backs sucked and the flood gates opened.
Even though the pens won some games down the stretch teams were getting chances, nashville cycled us to death just missed chances, orher gea we starrted lookin pedestrian. Also fleury carried us for so long once his play dropped off even a bit we were doomed.
our defense might have simply been a product of team playing passive against our offense with or without Sid.
it's on for next season for other teams pushing us until we prove we can stop it.