Hockey Prospectus Predicts Rangers Can't Sustain Winning in 2nd Half of Season
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01-31-2012, 01:35 PM
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Personally I'm not a huge fan of having your "better" players being your main PK'ers..I wonder how much more energy guys like Cally and Dubi would have if they weren't also playing the PK.
I agree with this also. I think killing penalties is the easiest of all hockey-related skills to master (hence the reason there are so many 4th liners that can kill penalties, but you don't see them lighting up the scoreboard or making amazing passes). It is one of the truly skills based mostly on hustle, toughness, and effort. It doesn't require speed, hands, a good shot or even good passing skills (although obviously they help. It requires only anticipation, "hockey sense", ability to pivot and change directions quickly, and ability to clear the puck by any means necessary. Good faceoff skills also help if you're a center. The Devils have always killed penalties the way I feel they should be killed - they use everyone as if they're rolling lines. They used 4th liners like Marshall, Brylin, and Rasmussen, they used smaller guys like Gionta and Gomez, and they used the "better" PK guys - defensive specialists like Madden, Pandolfo and Elias. In addition, they didn't block nearly as many shots (Brodeur actually hates when guys in front of him dive to block shots, so they pretty much get the hell out of the way so they don't cause deflections and screens).
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