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12-04-2011, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
His time down on the 4th line does one main thing - it allows him to simplify his game. Hes not headed into each game worried about putting up numbers when Brandon Prust is on his flank. It pretty much forces Dubinsky to focus on forechecking and playing a hard-nosed game. Because, lets face it, Dubinsky's main problem is one of identity. There have been far too many times where Dubinsky thinks hes a playmaker and not the power forward-type that would suit his game best. The demotion is a bit of a reality check.

The team is winning with him down on the 4th line, he'll be back up in the top 6 as soon as that changes.
People talk about that a lot but I honestly think Dubinsky is somewhere in between. Dubinsky does make plays that a typical grinder would not be able to. He's better with the puck and has better passing ability than most. It's just a waste of an offensive player that people don't care about right now because we're winning. Doesn't make it the right decision.


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Originally Posted by Vito Andolini View Post
Dubinsky's a notoriously streaky player. There's nothing wrong with cutting his ice time and demoting him when he's in one of his offensive funks, especially when the wins are piling up. Everyone knows he's more talented than Fedotenko. When they start moving towards their means, their ice time will reflect it.

Dubinsky scored 8 goals in the latter half of last season. You add that with the 20 games or so he played this season at about 20 mins a night and that works out to ~60 games with a production of 9 goals. Not acceptable.
How is Dubinsky expected to start producing offensively when he's getting 9:45 on ice with Avery and Prust?

40, 41, 44, 54 are his career point totals so I'm not really concerned about analyzing a small period within those four years. People get way too caught up in goals instead of points. He's basically on pace for 40 points right now and he's having a very poor offensive start. If you just keep him with Richards and Cally he hits 50 again at the least.

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