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I agree, but at some point isn't it the coach's job to hold the players accountable? I don't think any coach pushes losing puck battles, but if the players are losing puck battles the coach should be pushing them to win more puck battles--especially the players with the size to have a good shot at winning them.That's the million dollar question right there, HIM -- I wish I knew. There was a stretch were the forecheck was stellar and the Hawks were winning the majority of puck battles, but now they're not. I tend to blame the players more than the coaches; yeah, the coaches deserve some blame, but it's not like they're being coached to lose puck battles, etc. I just think it's an effort thing, and/or the competition is stronger now that it's getting later in the year -- and the Hawks can't reach that next level other teams have in this stretch of the year, due to being such a young team and/or size-deficient team up front. Or it's conditioning like I mentioned before. You can say that the coaching staff hasn't gotten them prepared enough for games, which could very well be true, but it's impossible to say that definitively since we're not in the locker room. I can only go by what I see on the ice.