Tyler Toffoli’s words are incomplete.
“We have to play like we have to win.”
Kopitar is playing like the starting center for the Slovenian National Team, Dustin Brown is in full pre-trade rumor form and Rob Scuderi, Robyn Regehr and Drew Doughty need a nice reminder about the importance of gap control in the defensive zone.
If that remains the state of things, then we’re fucked.
I prefer not to be fucked.
How do we avoid such a fate?
Stop playing defense in the offensive zone
Against a good defense, the F3 hangs back a little to avoid the quick breakout just in case the F1 and F2 don’t recover the puck.
The hell with that.
Their defensemen are mobile and smart. They are getting to the puck before us and we are dropping back immediately, thereby generating no offensive zone pressure. It’s time for the first two forwards to go in together and for the third to be in on the attack. If their D doesn’t feel the pressure, we won’t recover the puck and without the puck, there is no damn puck possession.
This more “aggressive” forecheck does expose us defensively but for the Hockey God’s sake, we can’t generate crap with the current approach, especially when 2/3 of our top line is on holiday. The Kings are a sound defensive team with excellent goaltending. You have to attack and then backcheck in defending the counter.
This and carrying the puck more into the zone with support and we can get quality scoring chances on these bastards.
Close those gaps
I know the Hawks are talented but that talent will mean nothing if they do not have room to maneuver. Our gap control in the neutral zone is 6 + feet. In the D zone, we are consistently giving Chicago’s forwards time to make passes. This happened against San Jose in every game we lost and didn’t in each game we won. Time = space = passing lanes = scoring chances. Lack of time = lack of space = lack of puck possession = lack of scoring chances. Easier said than done for the L.A. team of the last two games because we are treating the Blackhawks like we’re the porn star in a gang bang. If you don’t get that, you don’t belong here.
This overrated goaltender is getting a lot of credit for having an exceptional defense in front of him.
He hasn’t been tested yet.
I have watched him carefully and stupid luck (pucks hitting him that he never saw and to which he reacted thereafter) as well as a lack of traffic in front of him has given him the save percentage he enjoys. It’s time to bump this prick.
Sustained traffic doesn’t just start when the forward has the puck. When we have the puck on the forecheck, one of the wingers has to get his ass to the net, even before the play is set up. That will draw a defender and create more traffic. The Hawks have the luxury of our lazy forecheck and we have failed to do what we excelled at in the 2012 playoffs, which is to spread out the defense and find seams as a result. Enough of this crap. Penner – to the net. Brown – you dumb shit, to the net! King – you beautiful creature, to the NET!!
Frustrated As All Hell…
We can beat these guys.
We can win this series.
We haven’t shown up.
I put zero, read it again, ZERO stock in our third period play. The Hawks went into a shell so of course we are going to get chances. If we are in this to win, then every player has to make a commitment to aggressive forechecking and creating chaos in front of Crawford.
Do it and we can win this.
Don’t and there IS NOT DAMN DON’T! DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!
GO MOTHER SUTTING KINGS!
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