After watching the Canes v. Sharks last night, I may understand their style:

  • They are a quick team that plays a simple north – south game and shoots a lot.
  • They do not have much playmaking ability. Their offensive system is very simple. Get open, take a shot, get a rebound. I didn’t see too much cycling or dot to boards play.
  • Last night’s victory was as much the Sharks trying to get cute and playing the Canes’ game as the Canes playing well. San Jose did not play physical enough, they did not maintain offensive zone pressure and did not look to outwork the Hurricanes. On defense, the Sharks were content in letting the Hurricanes find lanes and firing away. These weaknesses in the Sharks’ game last night are the Kings’ strengths. Look for our defense to suffocate Carolina’s offensive game. Unlike the high-powered offensive systems in the league, the Hurricanes don’t bring high-end playmaking ability that spreads out the defense and takes the play down low.
  • The Hurricanes have players that play physical but the team as a whole is not a hard checking team.
  • Their defense is average to above average.

My keys to the game:

  • Win those faceoffs. They can’t shoot if they don’t have the puck.
  • Take away lanes and take them into the boards. The Canes are a center of the ice team.
  • Cycle and spread their defense out. Don’t play shinny hockey. It’s all about grit and punishing them out there.
  • Good goaltending with minimal rebounds. One shot and out for Carolina.
  • Inexperienced goalie in net for the Hurricanes. Crash that net! Force him to move lateral on cross ice feeds, create traffic and bury those rebounds.

If the Kings play their defensive game and puck possession style on offense, we will destroy Carolina.


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5 replies

  1. I agree that it has to be a physical game tonight. The Kings need to get on the ‘Canes right from the opening faceoff and pound on them, to tire them out. I would hope that they would keep the pace of the play high as well in order to accomplish that goal. They need to shoot early and often at this kid in net, hopefully Kopi gets a goal or two, and Simmonds as well. They both need to use this opportunity to get going.

  2. I would be nice to see Kopitar, Doughty and Johnson get some goals tonight. Time to give the 2nd line and goaltender some support.

  3. The last 3 games I noticed, as soon as the opposition crosses the blue line, they automatically fire the puck on net, instead of trying to get it deep. Not sure if this is a tactic that they were trying against the Kings, or something they were trying against Quick. We’ll see how it goes tonight against Bernier.

  4. Kopitar really needs to get on the stat sheet tonight. And so does Simmonds. I won’t be too forgiving of either if they don’t. It’s time for them to step it up.


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