Enforcer philosophy - Canucks vs Wings
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01-08-2012, 11:33 PM
Join Date: Oct 2008
There's no need for an enforcer if our players stick up for themselves after the whistle, which they did on Saturday. It didn't fare well, but that's not the point. Just showing that you won't take sh** from the other team is good enough. Most of the time, post-whistle scrums involve face-washes and stickwork. It doesn't have to take an enforcer to do this.
Having one enforcer isn't going to scare off the Bruins, who can roll out Shawn Thornton, Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara. If our one enforcer takes on Lucic, who takes on Chara? Thornton? We can't try to out-enforce the Bruins. Their enforcers are also very skilled players. If we want to match enforcer-for-enforcer with them, it means having an entire 4th line made up of very unskilled players who will be a liability 4 or 5 minutes every game. How scary would it be when this line is out for a defensive zone faceoff against the opposition top line in the playoffs?
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