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11-16-2011, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Mestaruus View Post
Well this defensive pair would be #PP2, they don't have to play PP much when we would have Niskala+Nummelin available. This way we don't have to mix up the defensive pairings and it's a pretty balanced pair (they would get most playing time together 5on5). Not to forget they will most likely be teammates next season, so the will and interest to work together even before that might be there. So just saying they might be very motivated to try to play witch each other and because of this increase their level even little bit more.
Sure, they can, and probably will, play together on even strength. But Lydman isn't a puck-moving d-man, he's a solid stay-at-home type. Not to mention one of the best penalty killers available not only for Finland, but in the whole game. An extremely valuable player for pretty much any team, but the times he's been utilized on PP have been when the primary options are running thin.

In your lineup alone, Lajunen and Välivaara would take a preference over Lydman on PP. The latter of whom, btw, has tons of experience for playing the line together with Vatanen.

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