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10-09-2011, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Talks to Goalposts View Post
In Martin's system 4th line centers are practically irrelevant. He matches power versus power so the 4th line only gets powderpuff assignments. Halpern was important when he was playing third line or spot duty with Plekanec or on the penalty kill. Desharnais was the 4th line center (before that it was Eller) and his assignments were pretty much inconsequential.
He loves to roll 4 lines, and he would surely prefer to have Betts and Moen (Or like before, Pyatt and Moen) killing penalties than Pleks who is exhausted when playoffs arrive.

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