Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 10/15/13
What Can Shin Pads Do For You? From the introduction of John Tortorella as the Vancouver Canucks head coach to their sixth game of the season on Saturday, shot blocking has been a hot topic of conversation for the media and fans alike. Not to be forgotten, hordes of basement dwelling bloggers from all over the continent have even felt compelled to offer their two cents on the defensive tactic and what it can or can’t do for the Canucks, and most importantly the injury risk associated with it. And those were all fine and dandy opinions, stats, etc. to heap onto the self-sustaining heap of conversation and data surrounding the topic. Just not enough to keep me from checking out new-er sets of data to find out what exactly to expect from this system. More Stylistic Over-Analysis Equally important, but not remotely as heralded a facet to Tortorella’s defensive structure is the difference in positioning by forwards in the defensive zone. While Vigneault was content to keep his forwards closer
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