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04-19-2004, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Bluenote13
You may be right, but i happend to believe he's one of those players in the NHL that instantly make the team alot better if he's on the ice, because of who he is/was/etc. Including Niedermayer, who yes, played great this year in the regular season, but the playoffs he looked lost, and i think it was an effect of not having Stevens there.
I think Niedermayer was worn down. With no Stevens and for a while no Rafalski Niedermayer got worn down a bit.

Also because of the devils lack of size the Flyers forwards continuously got in on the forecheck and were able to punish the Devils defenseman more than ever before.

Since 2000, besides Stevens they lost Holik, McKay and Arnott. Two big centerman something they never replaced. McKay especially killed the Flyers. He'd score 15-18 goals a year and 6 of them would be against the Flyers

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