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05-08-2012, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by achdumeingute View Post
Largely, I've felt the problems have been at forward on defense, the one thing our defensemen havent been doing well enough is clearing the zone. The Debbie's seem to always intercept and start the cycle again.

Mesz regressed this year, his decision making looks worse. Unless his back is 100% healed I would shut him down....too often we push for right now and it comes back to bite us.
The defensive problem has been team-wide. Our defenders are getting beat in the corners, leaving guys wide-open, and failing to clear. If Mez can play, he should play. It would be one thing if the defense was playing well, or hell, even playing adequately, but they are not. They are playing like ****. If Mez plays tonight and is terrible, that will not be much different than whomever he replaces has been playing. If he plays and plays well, its a bonus. It really is a win-win situation. If he further injures himself and is out the rest of the year, that is not much different than what would happen if he sits out and they lose. Whether or not he has regressed is irrelevant. He is still a better player than Lilja and Gus (and probably Carle too). He's not our #1 defenseman and hasn't been all year, but he is certainly better than the bottom pairing. Even playing hurt.

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