Thread: Confirmed with Link: Poti will miss Game 7
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04-27-2010, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Erik Estrada View Post
Poti was on their second pairing most of the season.
Green and Schultz were doing the big minutes during the season.
With Carlson now playing 20 minutes a game, and the Corvo pickup, his importance is diminished.
Poti's played 2nd most among Washington defensemen, and third most among Capital players. He's averaged 4 seconds fewer played per game than Ovechkin even-strength. He's been their top PKer, playing 4:27 on average-over a minute more than any other Washington defenseman.

These averages are including Game Six, where Poti played only 14 minutes due to injury. It's safe to say he would be second in ice time among Capital players in general in even strength if not for that.

It's safe to say that Poti has been an integral minute-eating defenseman for a team already short on mobile, defense-first veteran defensemen, and that his loss is significant.

In Montreal, where Hamrlik's disappointing play and Spacek's injury could have been significant blows, veteran depth lightened the effects as Gorges and Gill emerged as integral components to the blueline. Washington, on the other hand, must depend on young players and offensive defensemen to fill in--neither of which play the same game nor enjoy the same strengths that Poti provided.

All that said, Alzner's a nice player and certainly capable of stepping in. My worry would be more if Washington opted to play Sloan or Erskine instead, and bumped up Corvo's minutes.

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