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05-23-2011, 03:48 PM
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I don't expect Nash/Bain to create many problems for Smith /Palffy physically, because other than right off face-offs, most physical play happens between forwards and opposing defensemen, unless there is a shadowing situation happening.

Nonetheless, if they do run into problems, Pitner can try to put the more physical Starshinov/Mayorov pair or the huge Handzus/Bertuzzi pair against them. (Or simply outclass them with the Richards.

NJ's home ice advantage in the series helps overcome whatever level edge it is that you find Irvin to have over Pitner.

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