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02-18-2012, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by PavelDatsyuk View Post
Blues should be able to grind out a win today. I was looking forward to watching the Backes-Koivu matchup but it looks like it was not to be.

Koivu is someone that Backes usually struggles against but without him, there is really no one who can match up with the big guy, so I expect to see a dominant performance from him today.

If Petro and the Blues team have a weakness though, it's getting to Pietrangelo early and often physically, which is something this core of Wild forwards does really well. Petro needs to move the puck quickly and then protect himself this game, Huskins needs to be there to support him on the puck. This is going to be a real good game to evaluate Huskins' ability to be that top pairing support partner and that may be the most important thing to come out of this game.
Very astute analysis. Very much looking forward to seeing Huskins play in the way you described. Petro being targeted physically is something the Wings have done very effectively in their building this year. It's going to be the biggest factor IMO in the playoffs. Same for Shattenkirk.

On the chance Kubina put STL on his list (Polak a teammate at Olympics) then it means Colaiacovo won't get hurt at least one more day.

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