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11-29-2009, 08:14 AM
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Hopefully that will give Loppi a boost. He has been better lately, but there is still room for improvement.
Hamburg played with only 11 forwards, one of them gets hardly any icetime, so there was a lot of line-mixing in this game.
The 8-4 win on the road was a real big one though. A game like that should always be a big confidence booster.
Even with some recent close losses, the team has been MUCH better the past ten games than at any time before.
Things seem to be coming together and the team seems to have found a groove, a style that suits them. This is surely in great part due to the coach taking a tough situation with a lot of bigger, slower players and creating a system that works for them and makes the most of their respective abilities.
Of course, having Barta back in the mix is huge.... dunno if there is any player in the DEL who truly means more to his team than Barta. Many have known this for several years now, but boy was that proven this season. Still, he's lost a step in the speed department, which is understandable.
I wonder what role he'll be playing in Krupp's plans?
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