That was the biggest flaw in the GMMG, AV, approach. As soon as the refs pocketed the whistles we saw those targets get bigger and hit more often, but because of the philosophy of win with skill and make them pay on the PP we had no response and our top guys were too beat up to finish strong in the final 4 games.ukcanuck wrote:That would be the dream when it comes Kassian. If they make the playoffs and draw an Anaheim or Kings, they would certainly need Kassian to provide that physical scoring threat that we used to look to Kesler for. Otherwise it will be tough on the Sedins as they will have targets on their backs.Meds wrote:
Guys like Zack are pretty key to teams who have playoff success. They come on later in the year and storm into April. Those are the players that lighten the load for the top line guys so that come playoff time there is still gas in the tank for your best players.
I would very much like to see what happens in the playoffs if those same targets get painted but WillieD and Benning tell the team to protect one another, to hell with pay back on the PP, go stand up for your bothers. Would the Sedins suddenly become more effective if that message is being sent back the other way and all of a sudden guys like Toews, Keith, Doughty, Kopitar, Thornton, Marleau, Couture, Perry, and Getzlaf, are getting the same treatment that they and their teammates give the Sedins. Would anything change?