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10-16-2003, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Hyped
See, now this is a mistake by the coaching staff. This is a game where the Oilers could possibly get two points. Go with your starter. Play your back-up against Colorado. You're not expected to win that game anyway. If your back-up comes up huge and wins the game for you, that's a bonus. If he loses, who cares? They were more than likely going to lose anyway...
I can agree with that, but one could make the argument that throwing your backup in against a weaker opponent will give him that much more confidence, thus letting your started be fully rested for the tilt against your bitter divisional rival.

Conversley, throwing Ty to the wolves (assuming he gets shelled) could destroy his confidence early, thus forcing the coaching staff to play Salo more, and we've all seen how Tommy playes when he's overworked.

Something to think about.

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