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02-08-2012, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by NHRangerfan View Post
So what you're saying in the bold is that because he isn't getting as many minutes and he's playing with Bickel against lesser talent he's not playing as well?
Sort of, I explained further in another reply:

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He's mostly seen ice-time against the grinding lines of oppositions, and I think that limits his game-play. Those lines focus more defensively, and getting the puck deep on the NYR. There's very little high risk plays from grinding lines, where Staal can jump in and create something due to the opposing line "reaching" to create offense. That, coupled with his partner tending to lose position quite often (as he did twice tonight during the second period which led to prolonged offense vs the NYR for those shifts and then once more where he was forced to take an interference penalty), limits Staal being anything more than a dman that gets the puck down low and makes a smart play to move the puck outside our blue-line.

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