You know -- I figured out what's been annoying me about the defence. As Tri has repeatedly reported, the Devils D hasn't been that bad. They have good numbers. So here is the thing... Game Control.
To me, defence is in the position to control the entire game, moreso than any other position. Our vets do not accept that responsibility. They play a team game which --- I dont know, to me that's not doing their complete job. That's relinquishing control. You make Sal the captain - it's like it's a marketing ploy almost - you sell your weak point. Sal does NOT control a game. he never did - he's only just gotten lucky or played with some focus a few play off games. The man does NOT control a thing out there - he's barely in control of himself. Tallinder -- always relinquishing control to focus on his own personal playing issues.
Volchenkov and Greene so far, have been really great at leading the kids to feel out CONTROLLING the game. That's why I was happy with Volch- he brought something of real value to the table and I was shocked I will say. I just hope he continues that way -- after all you teach best what you most need to learn.
So, true, I don't see it actually happening, they didn't control the game yesterday - but they're like puppies (NO not LD;s kind). They know what they want to do and their instincts -- or their actions right now, their current first inclinations are in the right direction. The really correct direction. It's just so dammm cute! Larsson doesn't seem to want to control a game. It's been really hard to follow details with these choppy internet feeds though. So annoying!! I can't see specifics that often just general positioning and effort - no stickwork can be followed.
I don't wan cable, I really dont want to give money to the Man the evil power-abusing man who controls what used to be free.
(man, this is one of those posts I was all high this morning... I sound like such an a$$hole. I wish I could just delete it all... but I did it, I wrote it and gawd knows I dont want to go back and try to re-expain what the hell I mean. I need to relax and compose myself... ye gads... )
Edited by Pepperkorn, 20 September 2013 - 01:31 PM.