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06-15-2011, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by bcv View Post
With a relatively healthy line-up, this team is a contender.
Exactly, and that happens in fairy tales. Every team gets banged up. Make no mistake, part of being a winner is performing at the highest level when it counts.

There are two ways that players lose effectiveness due to physicality:

1- they get worn down by playing above their heads physically over a long period of time.
2- bad luck. You get hit from behind or something else and you are knocked out for a long period of time.

The Canucks are a great example of both points. They are worn down from the grind of playing this far into the playoffs (Sedins, Kesler, Bieksa), with no scoring depth picking up the slack. And, they have real injuires, Hamius, Raymond, Malhotra (still not 100%), and the loss of Rome.

You cannot pretend that you are going to have a "fresh as a daisy" line up going in, and deep into the playoffs. What you have to do is minimize your exposure by having big bodies and depth.

My 2 cents.

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