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04-30-2012, 07:35 PM
Rob Scuderi
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Agree with your last two posts.

In a vacuum, I could see St Louis scoring 7 points in 7 games, Lindros scoring 6 points in 5 games, and Linesman maybe scoring 1 point in 2 games replacing Lindros (he is the most logical replacement).

But you're right, it isn't a vacuum, and that's a good segway into the next point I wanted to make about the two - I think the group of burly defensemen that NJ has in the top 4 is very well suited to slowing down Lindros. Blake-Hitchman isn't necessary the best pair stylistically against Martin St Louis - I like St Louis's speed against the slow skating Hitchman when Rob Blake gets out of position going for a big hit.
There's no set way to handle injuries, but I think you've laid it out pretty fairly.

Question though, where'd you come across Hitchman being slow? I've read a lot about how he never rushed the puck, but nothing about his skating.

The only thing I could find was an article after he retired calling him a "hard-hitting, fast-skating defensemen.",7540935

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