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11-08-2010, 07:42 AM
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Then why does Pyatt have the most PK time among any of them with the exception of Halpern (2 seconds difference)?
Seriously. Pyatt is a great PKer and a huge reason we went to the conference finals last year. You're fooling yourself if you don't think Pyatt is helping this team on the PK and that anyone could do his job. If anyone of those guys were as good as Pyatt on the PK, they'd play. Especially someone like Gomez or Gionta who have done absolutely nothing at either end of the ice in reality so far.
Aside from Halpern and Plekanec, Pyatt has probably been the most useful of any of those guys. Maybe Lapierre and Moen are about equal.
Because Martin is trying to conserve Plekanec, Gionta and Gomez's PK ice time so they can play more PP and even strength minutes?
He's a good penalty killer but not a "great" one, the reason he's effective is because of his speed but he lacks the hockey smarts to be a great penalty killer. He's often caught running all over the place and out of position on the PK while guys like Plekanec and Halpern are very effective on the PK because of their positioning and knowing how to read plays. He did help us last year in the playoffs but he hasn't played like he did in the playoffs, guys like Gill and even Spacek played well in the playoffs yet people bash them for their play so far.
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