Thread: Post-Game Talk: 3 Stars and GBR: #43 @ Montreal
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01-16-2012, 10:53 AM
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How often were Staal and MDZ paired? How comfortable did MDZ look on the rightside. Staa/MDZ has the potential to be a very well-balanced pairing, and allows for McD/Girardi to remain a shutdown pairing. If DZ gets comfortable on the rightside, and McIlrath can develop properly, it would free up using Sauer as a potential trade chip dow the road.
Bickel was benched after the Habs 2nd goal. The Rangers went with 5 D. Staal played with Bickel,Stralman,Girardi and DZ. Staal and DZ were paired in the 3rd period for a handful of shifts. DZ can still make the stretch pass from the right side. He made them paired with Staal. MTL was not really pressuring the Rangers at that point and the Rangers just wanted the clock to run out but DZ looked like he had experience playing RD. Sullivan threw out some so many combinations without Bickel. In the Leaf game,Girardi played with both McD and Staal during 1 shift. G had a two minute shift. Looked like Sullivan was experimenting with DZ on the right with Staal on the left. Game was essentially over. DZ can see more of the ice of the right side. Maybe DZ played the right side in junior.

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