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02-19-2012, 03:18 PM
Cyclones Rock
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I'm always getting a kick out of those who are insistent at how horrible DD is defensively. Believe what you want, but here are some fairly compelling stats.

Since Christmas (23 games)

Basic Stats: 23GP....6G+16A=22 PTS. +10

On Ice Goals For all situations: 33
On Ice Goals Against all situations: 14

On Ice ES For: 24
On Ice ES Against: 8

On Ice when on PP : 9
On Ice for SH Against: 2

On Ice ENG for: 0
On Ice ENG Against: 4

In this stretch (which approximates the beginning of his second full year in the NHL), DD is ES +16. Of the 14 goals against, he may have played a significant role in 3 or 4 of them. From what many on here seem to believe, it would be impossible for Cole, Patches, any defenseman, or Price to have had any shared responsibility for these 3 or 4 Or, God forbid, the other NHLers actually made real good plays to score.

He is a tireless worker whose positioning in the defensive zone has improved significantly during this stretch.

If only the rest of the Habs forwards could be killing the team on defense as bad as DD

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