Nucknalberta Posted December 1, 2015 Share Posted December 1, 2015 First Post. After watching the Ducks game last night it is apparent that inside our own blue line we are a timid team. I think it was an off night for the entire team which will happen in sports. When it comes to toughness I am not talking fighting but am talking clearing the front of the net, finishing checks when you have the opportunity and even a few cheap shots after the whistle. I think we are the softest team to play against in the league in our own end. It seems that after a play stoppage our forwards are given a push or a slash yet the other teams get to drive to the net and then stand over our goalie while our defense asks them for their autograph. You watch the replays of goals going in and there are one or two guys playing goalie instead of taking the man. Other teams are able to have glorious chances in front of our goalies from in the slot because we are stick checking or just trying to block a shot. Other than the Sedin's who set up their cycle game our offense has to battle through other teams defense that take the man and finish their checks. The other teams offense comes over the blue line and we back in to almost on top of Miller before someone try's to stick check. We have been lucky enough to have some pretty good goaltenders over the past 10 years that have been hung out to dry...it always seems the other teams has a guy wide open 10 feet in front of our goalie. Occasionally you have Edler or Sbisa stepping up to make a hit but this seems to be a rarity rather than a regular occurrence. Remember the days of Potvin, Scott Stevens, Pronger, who were nasty and mean...what happened to having a defense pairing of the puck mover and the stay at home mean guy? You don't have to be big to play tough..but I do believe you have to have the mindset that the other guy is the enemy and he is not coming through to your net with out at least getting a bruise. If we are in a rebuilding mode I am hoping some where in the organization we are grooming some defensive toughness... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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