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04-10-2009, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey View Post
This is my concern:

We will most likely be playing Washington in the first round.

They will not be held to 1 or 2 goals per game.

We will be lucky to hold them to 3 per game.

We are going to need all the offense we can muster. And its not going to happen with Zherdev, Dubinsky, Naslund,and even Korpikoski getting crappy ice time.

Against a team with so much offensive depth, we are going to have to roll 3 lines and generate as much offense as possible.

This is going to be a run and gun shootout kind of series.

And it is not going to work burning out 5 guys and benching 8 others.
We can't win that kind of series against the caps. To beat the caps Henrik will have to play every game like he played last night, and our defense as well. That means forwards coming back hard on the backcheck. If Zherdev, or anyone else for that matter, isn't willing to put in that kind of effort, then they aren't helping the team.

If Zherdev wants more minutes, he will have to earn them. Whether he scores or not is immaterial. It's about effort. If the effort is there, the scoring will be too. He could be so much better than he has been if his effort matched his skill. Torts is pushing him to become that player.

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