meow wrote:They had the second best goal differential in the league last year. That doesn't exactly scream struggle in the defensive zone.
There's a huge difference in preparation and strategy between regular season and playoffs. In the regular season, a coach might identify some strengths and weaknesses and have his players adjust accordingly; in the playoffs, coaches will draw up entirely different game plans built around attacking/defending those strengths and weaknesses.
Just look back at the Islanders series and Capuano actually stating that their coaching staff identified a weakness with the Pens - defense being weak on puck retrieval
- and completely changing their forechecking strategy to exploit it. Bylsma, on the other hand, seems to be of the mindset that the only change ever needed is to "play our system"; tweaks and adjustments seem to only come as a last resort, when they should be at the top of the list when it comes to preparing for a playoff series.