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05-26-2012, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by stokes84 View Post
Maybe it's not Myers that is being sheltered, it's Ruff wanting him to play with his most productive forwards, thus getting matched up against other teams checking lines and Sekera-esque shut down pairings. When you are a team that struggles to score, you are going to want your top defensemen playing with your best forwards more than normal. I'm willing to bet that Sekera was on the ice an awful lot with the Gaustad-Kaleta-Gerbe/similar role line, while Myers and Ehrhoff were probably playing a lot with Roy, Vanek, Pominville. Based on his PK time, it pretty obvious they were not intentionally sheltering Myers.
This could very well be the case. I know there are some sites (specifically for fantasy purposes) that keep track of most common teammates, unfortunately I don't know which ones, so if someone knows one and can post the stats (and a link for my own indulgence) it could definitely add some more information to this topic.

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