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12-28-2010, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by SLake View Post

Well, I guess the decision now is whether to dress Sulzer and go with 11 F's, 7 D or dress Belak and go with 11.25 F's and 6 D?

My guess is that Belak stays in the lineup to "keep Brych and others honest"...
I thought about that. What's the point of dressing Belak when he's not going to get any shifts anyway? Trotz will play him probably 3 or 4 shifts in the 1st, then 2 or 3 in the 2nd, and none in the 3rd at max (assuming the game isn't out of hand by that point). If there was a scenario were any of the 6 regular D is even slightly injured then Sulzer could spot somebody during the game to save them a little wear and tear. Also, if the seventh Dman on this team was more of a offensive threat (say Franny was the 7th Dman for example instead of Sulzer) then for sure I would dress 7 D, but since Sulzer isn't going to bring much offensively, I'm not sure what the advantages are of dressing 7 D....other than keeping Belak in street clothes.

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