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Does the defense system break down against speed and size

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They've shown many times in the past that they can get running around like chickens with their heads cut off whenever the other team puts on some sustained pressure or follows with pressure after a goal. Don't know if it's a mental thing, a structure thing or if it's because we don't really have any big bodies that can scare the crap out of anyone in front of the net.

Case in point, on Hossa's nice goal driving to the front of the net, Bieksa should have wiped him out but instead gave him a little love tap on the shin pads with his stick. Just pathetic.

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Look at playoff blowouts. Numerous years against CHI, Boston in the SCF, LA last year. At some point it's not just the players.

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the blowouts because of Goaltending. Luongo has a tendancy of letting in goals in bunches when his brain is collapsed. Something that would never happen if Kirk Mclean was in net. L.A last year was because we didn't Have Daniel Sedin in the line up.

The system A.V has in place works.

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Every team wants to be faster and bigger. It's up to the GM to employ what he deems worthy "athletes", then it's up the coach to use the athletes in any fashion he sees correct during gameplay, and it's up to the athletes to perform, and what better way to perform than being "bigger and faster", amirite?

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Turnovers happen all the time. The biggest issue is that when we defend, there is very little pressure on the opposing puck carrier.

If you notice the good teams always are pressuring our puck carrier (1 or 2 guys forecheck, or 1 guy on puck carrier, 1 guy blocking the only pass lane) to the point wherein if we don't pass it around fast enough, we will lose the puck.

On our defense, we hold back and wait for a mistake or a puck to bounce around before we retrieve it.

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It seemed too often tonight when a d-man pinched in a forward forgot he was supposed to cover. Result: odd man rush. It's bound to happen from time to time, but tonight was excessive.

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the blowouts because of Goaltending. Luongo has a tendancy of letting in goals in bunches when his brain is collapsed. Something that would never happen if Kirk Mclean was in net. L.A last year was because we didn't Have Daniel Sedin in the line up.

The system A.V has in place works.

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the canucks defense has beem brutal, it is just not connecting at 100%

a positive is games like last night when they score and get us at least a point

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I don't think it's even size/speed that does it, simply an aggressive forecheck. The defense gets all flustered when that happens, and the rest of the team is already skating to the opposing team's blue line waiting for a pass. Breakout pass gets intercepted and boom, odd-man rush on our net. Chicago did it countless times last night, the Canucks have become predictable. I'd love to say it's time to overhaul the coaching staff but who is out there?

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I think our defense isn't skating. And the opponent skating makes it look even more obvious.

There's nothing wrong with our defense other than the fact that they aren't actually playing, they are practicing.

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