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03-11-2011, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Norm MacDonald View Post
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.
Nothing disingenuous about it... Coburn has been a disaster away from Timonen here. Carle certainly plays well enough with Pronger, but he's the worst defensive D on this team (by a significant margin this year).

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.
If getting outmatched defensively is the primary variable in playing on the third pairing, then Carle would be there.

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