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  1. 4 minutes ago, remkin said:

    To offer another perspective to the panic button, after the loss, the Athletic has us projected to finish 3rd...in the league with 104 points (behind Tampa and Boston) and a 93% chance of making the playoffs. 

    Where's super dave and his jinx-off when you need him?


  2. 5 hours ago, 2ndsacker said:

    It appears serious injury may have refocused the drive and motivation of Haula, a very good player even before injury and turned him into a beast. HE'S FEARLESS in dirty ice at a level no Canes forward has equaled in many a year. I'd say sniper but he wants to score from closer in than snipers do. And he's an All World interview. As well spoken and comfortable as he is at poking pucks into the net. Some called it a gamble signing, but I'm inclined to think RB sized him up pretty well in the character and motivation department. He sure as hell fits into what Roddy wants done.

    This team is generating traffic in front like it never has before, and he's a big reason. I'd be very surprised if part of the vetting process for both him and DaZee wasn't this question: Will you own the slot?  

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  3. 15 minutes ago, beboplar said:

    Pesce deserves it.  Been here longer than Aho or TT.

    I may be Pesce's biggest fan and he deserves it, but I'd rather see Nino have it. Something tells me Brett is happy with exactly how things are, and based on its performance, the broader D surely is too, where I think a little added responsibility might nudge Nino to start showing younger guys on the front lines how it's done, and Aho in particular the importance of patience. Nino is a streaky scorer, so he knows a thing or two about it. 


  4. On 10/9/2019 at 9:25 AM, remkin said:

    I've seen this team do that sort of thing last year, possession and relentless pressure, but not getting out of D position. I think the big lead, the early in the year D lapses, and mainly just finally tiring out was why they didn't get to that last night. I think they will in the future. 

    I hope so, because the one superlative about it I left out was: It is great fun to watch, and connects the fans to the team. The longer they keep possession the more the fans want, and the fans let the players know they approve--or don't, in visiting barns. Either way, the fans' in-play reaction feeds players' desire to keep it going.


  5. 10 hours ago, remkin said:

    Yeah there is a subtly different way to play defensive hockey that involves pressing and closing gaps, but it is active still, never turtling.

    It's called keep-away, and there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a team do it--or anything more demoralizing for the losers. 

     

    Despite all the derision they received from hockey traditionalists for "winning by intimidation" back in the day, the Broad Street Bullies edition of the Philadelphia Flyers were among the best I've ever seen at ragging the puck with a lead. They did it in all three zones, taunting opposing players into chasing and lunging to try to get possession and then denying it. Which of course also wore them out. People forget that while they could definitely goon it up, that team also had many of the league's most skilled skaters and stick handlers: Clarke, Barber, MacLeish, Dornhoffer, Brian Propp, Bill Flett, Bill Clement. They'd often do it shorthanded, too, to kill of penalties faster. Why give up possession if you don't have to?

     

    It's an art that I'd love to see this group revive, because it certainly has the skill players to do it.

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