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01-12-2011, 06:52 PM
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Using top-6 forwards to kill penalties...

Is it worth it? The obvious pros are you're putting the best players on the ice, and in the Flyers case it's inherently viable considering that Richards, Giroux, and Carter all do a fine job killing penalties. The cons are you're cutting into the ES shifts those guys will play by using them 4-5 times a night playing a shorthanded shift.

Personally I like it. While Betts and Powe are fine PKers, the presence of Richards, Carter, or Giroux on the PK is a constant threat of a turnover and a SH chance for the Flyers. I'm not sure if there's a way to quantify it, but particularly in cases where the PP is using a forward on the point or a less-than-elite offensive d-man out there I think it's a real disruption to their PP with those guys out there.

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