Popular Post *Buzzsaw* Posted January 28, 2022 Popular Post Share Posted January 28, 2022 One of the key changes I am seeing since Bruce Boudreau took over is the emergence of Mathew Highmore as a real shutdown forward. Not sure if it was Boudreau or one of the assistant coaches who put the bug in his ear, but Highmore has suddenly started to model his game exactly on Motte. Maybe he doesn't have the same speed, but his forecheck/backcheck pattern is now nearly as good as Motte... he is applying pressure at exactly the right moments and being a pest to boot. When you can annoy the hell out of your opponents, you are doing the right thing. Meanwhile Lamikko is improving his faceoff percentages, applying his weight and reach to opponents and complementing the other two on the line so well the line has completely gelled. This is what was lacking at the beginning of the year... the fourth line was basically invisible under Green. Now it is a continual in your face relentless irritant for other teams... this is a huge difference. As everyone has observed, it has gotten to the point that the line is no longer referred to as '...the fourth line'.... it can play anytime, anywhere. Team defense was a crucial missing element of the Canucks when Green was running things... now this new revitalized '4th' line is changing the bottom line every game. 5 8 2 8 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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