jay i dont see where you have the ground to say that 1. their transition game is shitty and 2. their defense dont pinch. on the first one, did you see how many fuckin 3 on 2's they had against detroit? it made me sick! but their inability to SHUT-DOWN transition also makes me sick, its always back and forth back and forth. Plus kariya is one of the best transition players to ever play, even though their team is one of the worst passing teams i have ever seen. now on the second notion, they have shut down the patented modano breakout every single time the stars have tried it, meaning their d pinch well enough to pick off that pass to modano streaking up the wing. there i said it, but i do agree with you on the fact that their power play sucks worse than erich kunz gives head.
Paul Kariya is one of the best transition players in the game, but you need good passing to get him and the rest of the team to have good transition. As you said, they don't have good passing. It's a large part of the reason why Karyia has been so ineffective. I seen less than 1/4 of their games, but from what I've seen, every time they come out of their zone it's 3-4 Dallas players vs. 2-3 ducks. I have yet to see ANY back and forth hockey from the Ducks.
The D's pinching... every lose puck at the blueline has been picked up by Dallas, because the D are in the neurtal zone, and too afraid to move up. The puck never gets thrown back into the corners.
When I watch Sens games I see defenseman battling in the offensive corners and infront of the net and contributing to the offence. I don't see that at all with the Ducks.
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