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03-11-2011, 03:37 PM
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Coburn and Carle need to be babysat. They play with the best babysitters on the team.
Coburn also only plays 17 more s. per game than Meszaros... and Carle and Coburn's partner is determining the difficulty of their matchups, not the other way around. (Carle and Coburn are leading the team in ES minutes for the D, largely because one of 'em is always fresh after a special teams situation).
Meszaros also takes a regular PP and PK shift, which neither Carle or Coburn do (Carle takes regular PP shifts, but not PK, and the opposite is true of Coburn).
That's really disingenuous. Carle and Coburn play on those pairings because they compliment their partners well. Especially in the case of Coburn, he's every bit as important defensively for that pairing as Timonen.
Meszaros is nice for second unit special teams, but even strength play is more important. Laviolette plays him on the third pairing because he often gets outmatched defensively.
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