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03-14-2012, 08:51 AM
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The thing that I noticed Smith messing up a lot before he sat was clearing the zone. Too often he'd put the puck up the boards which is the right move but not get it past the defenseman on the point or he'd throw a pass to the middle of the ice to no one in particular. This may be one of the reasons he was "sat".

Another thing is he's never played this many games in a season. Trotz is getting him used to the grueling schedule and probably wouldn't mind seeing him fresh for the playoffs as opposed to burnt out and not physically ready. The physical fatigue of an NHL season also plays into the mental aspect which is probably why he was making some mistakes out there. Sitting him for a few to regain his physical and mental game is probably a smart moe. While I don't always agree with what Trotz does, I think he's been handling his younger players better than he has in years past.

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