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#1 canuckleheadder


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:38 PM

The canucks have started playing a high speed forchecking game. Getting the puck low and keeping it their. Usually they try to pull it off and get the defense coming in for the back door passes but lately they have been happy getting the lead and then just forcheking and taking what the other teams give them rather then throwing the puck through the middle. Is this something new av is gona be doing or do you think this is just until the canucks get their second line back(booth, kesler)
This question's for those that know something about hockey. That doesn't include "I watch every canucks game and know all their numbers and stats"
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:53 PM

Man your post is vague. I don't know about you but I was watching the canucks cradling some pretty small leads for a first few games, and we've been known to do that for quite some time now. I'll have to see more than a couple games before thinking the canucks have learned not to hold a one goal game.
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

Hmmmnn; Is this AV's 6th or 7th year here... :blush:
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:01 PM

My eyes hurt from trying to read the OP.
As for the passes up the middle, I am happy our D is doing that less.
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

Yeah, I think it's partly because of what AV has had to do with the lines, but mainly having a little toughness, especially having someone like Kassian to add a bit more grit in front of the net has lead to trying to force things deep and crowding the front of the net.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:07 AM


Edited by jag, 10 February 2013 - 12:19 AM.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:18 AM

I can respond to this albeit had to read it twice to get the jist of what hes saying but I know what tour talking about so ill break it down using points... its a good trial but may or may not work. Remember Chicago vs Vancouver when we couldnt handle their offense when we had sundin so we ended up going into a defensive mode but still couldnt stop them from scoring?

1. With a more capable and experienced d core we can play the defensive mode and use speed and breakdowns to counter and score. Worked against Chicago who usually exploit us and run up the score on momentum.

2. How does it happen? When the d gets the go ahead and pinch the offensive winger recognizes it and chips to the center or to himself to
create a 2 on 1 or 3 on 2 . How many odd man rushes that were clean have you seen this year?

3. This is what we couldnt stop vs Boston as they figured out our system.

4. We practice it full season and perfect it because all of the other facets of the game are good to go and can get us back to the promise land.

5. Kesler is not there and even if he was he wont be in beast mode until late season if that.

all in all you made a keen observation and I have too just cool to see another person do it.

Usually when we play bad we melt down and you see major lopsided losses. But even in our losses we had the lead every game. In every game this season we had the lead at some time. This is a great sign.

To the untrained eye it seems as though we are struggling because our chances havent been there due to the lack of d pinches... but our defense has improved and should bode well for a playoff suited style of play. I hope it sticks i have a sneaky suspicious about this years team with av at the helm.

What will clinch it in my mind will be the Chicago game in their barn coming up as they are unbeaten in reg and are looking for revenge vs us as a rival. We beat them in reg and watch us climb up the tsn power rankings over night. Smart analysts will catch on sooner or later.
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