Very rarely you'll see our guys attempting a scoring chances off the rush they always go wide (by themselves even when they are not rush by the dman, as soon they get in the zone they mostly head towards the corner directly, or they dump to get get. Once we're there we have to get the puck to the point, which most of the time goes there to die cause most of our dman are not great offensively. I mean 90% of the time when the puck carrier is about to enter the offensive zone you can already tell nothing good is going to happen but everyone's positioning.
Most of the time on our dump in now we do not win the fights and the other team breakout freely with all our 3 forwards still behind the red line and most are slow so they can't backcheck and catch up. I mean... how often did we get burned being in the zone for awhile and booom easy tic-tac-toe breakout, goal straight off the rush? Thats a big reason why. And we've seen it so fvcking often.
That hasn't happened in a few games. That is a problem with the forwards' positioning and the Devils have worked out that kink to a large degree. Their defense in the neutral zone has gotten much better.
So basically, we play a system where you're not creating good open scoring chances and that you have to be opportunist offensively and we're exposing our slow Dmen most of the time cause the other team have their own defensive zone + neutral zone to freely prepare their plays.
Again, bogus. The Devils are trying to generate chances off transition - if they weren't they wouldn't have Tedenby in the lineup at all - they're just not very good at it. They don't have the personnel that can do this consistently, but they manage to play a solid team game anyway.
But one reason we we're SO awesome at scoring on the PK in the last few years is cause we'd breakout differently and try to score off the rush instead of slowing down (cause really our puck carrier always slow down when they get to the blue line unless they dump) to settle the play and bring everyone in.
i also think thats one of the reasons Kovy left, with the talent he has and being ask to simply do the same play over and over (and not winning doing it anymore) the best Kovy plays were ALWAYS when we were down a goal late in a game and he'd take it uppon himself to create a scoring chance. He'd then make some crazy rush beating everyone and getting a shot on net 75% of the time he'd even try.
Haha, yeah, this was definitely the best part of Kovalchuk's game was him trying to create scoring chances by himself. Yeah, sometimes that worked, certainly he was capable of doing it sometimes, but most of the time it resulted in the puck on the opponent's stick. It's nice to have a guy like that who can try that, but most of the time it didn't work.
Also Zajac is yanking everyone forward on his line, they are just not scoring. It's what's happening right now - Harrold and Loktionov turn the puck over, Columbus gets a miracle shot in, Johnson is forced into a turnover by the ref, Zajac has it out in front and it doesn't go in. There will be a point where it's the reverse happening, but it better start soon.
The third line was utter garbage again last night, 4th line wasn't very good either. I think it's time for Josefson in for Loktionov again, sadly. Tedenby had a classic Tedenby type game, makes a horrible turnover, creates 2 good chances and can't cash in, dunno if he'll stay in the lineup on the strength of last night.
Edited by Triumph, 23 October 2013 - 08:53 AM.