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12-18-2008, 01:55 PM
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To come back to the original point...Kostitsyn's hardly a whiz kid in the defensive end, so there's no point playing him shorthanded. You do realize that there is a point to the penalty kill, and that is to prevent goals being scored, so coaches play their better defensive forwards. Not their better offensive players who are weaker defensively. Now before anyone brings up Kovalev...that is an example using the logic behind this thread, that Kovalev should play lots to get into the flow of the game. A second year forward shouldn't need to play 18-20 minutes a game to be effective, and it will actually wear out Kostitsyn pretty quickly if he was playing that much.

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