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Round 1: New York vs Washington (Game 1: Wed @ 7:30 MSG+, VS)
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04-12-2011, 03:54 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New Jersey
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Perhaps the wrong choice of words, but while Staal and Girardi really step up against the Ovechkins and the Crosbys, it sometimes seems like they don't consider grinders as legitimate threats.
There is definitely a trend with this team where we struggle against backup goalies and AHL scrubs while playing great vs the top teams in the league.
I don't think it will be an issue in the playoffs vs the #1 seed, but it's still something to look out for.
While the team has had let downs against lesser teams, they have played the top competition well.
Can't blame Staal-Girardi for 3rd and 4th liners scoring on us. They're almost exclusively on the ice against teams top lines.
It's when McCabe and Gilroy/Eminger are out there that the Jay Beagle's of the world kill us.
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