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01-08-2006, 11:04 PM
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Originally Posted by JXC
it seems to me the way you end up in Hitchcock's doghouse is not playing your position, not taking care of business in your own end. Carter is -5 on a team with three minus forwards. I know it's a bare stat that only in deep analysis tells a story...

Carter loafs a bit on the backcheck and the fact is that until he works as hard trying to keep the puck out of his own net as he does trying to light the lamp himself, he will not see meaningful time on a Ken Hitchcock team.
Carter is +5 and he doesn't "loaf a bit on the backcheck."

he doesn't deserve as much ice-time at center as Handzus or Forsberg, and he isn't as strong defensively as Richards... thus, he gets the ice time that he gets.

of late he's been getting in the neighborhood of 13 minutes most night... which for a team that is 1st in the conference at the moment isn't bad at all. everyone needs to chill out on the ice time stuff regarding Carter.

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