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08-09-2010, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Devil Dancer View Post
Here's something I'm not familiar with, since I don't play D. What's so bad about having 5 D? Is it just that you don't get a regular pairing, or is there more to it than that?
IMO, the number of D that is good for a game depends on the skill level of the team you're playing and how close together the games are.

For most games 4 D works well. For games against teams that are equal or lesser in skill level 3 D isn't bad. For teams that skate better than you, or for a lot of games close together (such as a tournament) 5 D works very well.

For example I just came back from a tournament where we played 4 games in 24 hours, and the teams we played skated very well. All 5 of us defenseman were very happy to have that extra man, so that every third shift you get an extra long break to rest. And you only end up playing with 2 different players (if you do the rotations right), so it's really not hard to adjust to.

Originally Posted by Cowbell232 View Post
There's a reason they picked you. Do what you have been.
Well said.

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