OF­FEN­SIVE PLAY

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LE­TANG IS A SMARTER player of­fen­sively than Byfuglien. Le­tang can get the puck to his of­fen­sively gifted team­mates in tran­si­tion at reg­u­lar strength and as a point man on the power play.

His game has changed this sea­son, how­ever: he sel­dom looks to join the rush and doesn’t carry the puck nearly as much. His shot is ac­cu­rate but has very av­er­age ve­loc­ity, and he’s usu­ally look­ing to pass first any­way when he’s in the of­fen­sive zone. The Penguins rely on shrewd de­ci­sion mak­ing with the puck to open up scor­ing opportunities, es­pe­cially on the power play. Byfuglien car­ries the puck much more than Le­tang. He looks to join the rush more of­ten. He is more likely to un­leash his boom­ing shot from the point as a first op­tion. Win­nipeg’s tran­si­tional of­fense re­lies on its big for­wards hit­ting top speed through the neu­tral zone and driv­ing to the net. Byfuglien is a key fac­tor in al­low­ing his for­wards to play this style and to sup­port them. EDGE: NEI­THER

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