Long time reader... very first time poster...
Apparantly Patrick Roy has some issues with Guy Boucher's 1-3-1?
I am less interested in what guy is doing in the offensive end, as I have learned all about the 1-3-1 on this board for years, than what he is doing in his own end.
Reading his player's quotes indicates that he is trying to outnumber the opponents on the puck at every opportunity in his own end, and watching some game video repeatedly shows D1, D2, and F1 all attacking and supporting in the strong side corner, leaving F2 with the net front, and F3 not much higher than the strong side hash marks.
I don't remember seeing this covered in these hallowed grounds,(I certainly may have missed it), but I am interested in what a logical rotation would be if the puck is sent by the offense from one corner to another. F2 would be the first man on the puck and become F1, D1 and D2 have a long way to go to get corner to corner... I assume that the original F1 would also race cross ice to become the new F3 on the strong side hash marks, and F3 would move from the now weakside hash marks to the net front, becoming F2.
I might have that all wrong...
But what I find really interesting is that a coach who is using a 1-3-1 system in the offensive zone and neutral zone, designed to limit the lateral cross-ice chasing, seems to be doing just that in his own end with a significant number of players?