Saturday, December 11, 2010

Leaf Observations

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Leafs/Flyers game by my friends Jeff V and Kevin -Wings and Bruin fans if you can believe it.  Add Michelle, a Habs fan to the group and you can imagine how much ribbing I took from them.

Leafs biggest issue is their lack of strong centers.  They lose most draws and really struggle in the defensive and neutral zones.  In the defensive end, we lose possession and then when we do get the puck, we don't have the guy in the middle that can consistently move through defensive and neutral zone. 

If you look at the Flyers their puck handling before they get in the offensive end is much better - they make longer passes which means they require fewer passes to gain the offensive end.  We make too many  short passes which provides more opportunity for something to go wrong - either a bad pass, pass not received well by the recipient or deflected pass leading to turnover. 

In the offensive end we got snake bit with lots of quality chances. 

Tonight against the Habs we need to get off to a good start - getting down 2 or 3 goals just doesn't work.  We'll see - need to get winning 6 out of 10 on a regular basis to move up the standings.

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