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10-28-2011, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
Other than they have a bunch of really young forwards that tend to hit the wall, along with some older players that have a propensity to carry nagging injuries with em as the season progresses? Not to mention the forwards are simply not built for the tighter checking game that is played in the spring?

You have to wrap your head around the fact that the problems aren't entirely about getting their act together. This team is going to suck on face-offs. This team is going to take penalties. Briere and Giroux are not going to magically become guys you can throw out there and expect to take dare of bizness in their own end.

There's a reason certain types of teams get stronger as the year progresses, and others do not. In the coming years, Schenn and Couturier look like players that will ve able to answer many of those question areas, but to expect them to this year is unfair.
I think the team will be better then than now. it's not like the defense can get much worse

But I would counter that argument with the likes of buffalo, who have small forwards but always turn up when it counts. They are not really built for tight checking games either.

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