Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/28/05 at 08:38 AM ET
Lemaire has to reprogram his players and defense-first game plan to function in a new NHL hardwired for more offense. Scores of players have changed uniforms via trades or free agency since the lockout ended last month, recalibrating the power structure of both conferences. But the key to success this season could come down to how quickly teams adjust their style to another obstruction crackdown and rink alterations designed to create more room for playmakers. Trapping teams like the Wild, who rely lesson the defensive scheme than when they entered the NHL in 2000, could be caught chasing air if they simply extend their flypaper across the neutral zone and try to pounce on opponents' turnovers. Not with two-line passes providing an escape route for attacking teams and four less feet of center ice for defenders to trap.
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