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09-27-2003, 11:46 AM
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Yeah, I think it’s a pretty big concern, particularly in light of the fact that not only are we lacking the personnel to put together a decent checking line, we don’t have any defensemen that are particularly strong defensively, either. Yes, we have a solid goaltending tandem, but we can’t count on those guys to steal games for us every single night. Who on this team do you put out in against the opposition’s top lines? When it’s late in the game and we’re up by a goal and somebody takes a stupid penalty, what combination of players from the current roster are you comfortable putting out there to preserve the lead?

This team, unfortunately, is built to fight yesteryear’s battles, i.e. shootouts. And while they may be able to win a few games that way, you need to be able to grind out 2-1 wins in today’s NHL as well, and I seriously question how successfully this team is going to be able to do that.

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