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06-23-2012, 07:28 PM
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If you're consistently playing them against 1st lines, your team is in trouble imo. That includes more than just defensive zone starts. I'm sure they did all right this season, but they shouldn't be a long term solution.
No one said they are the greatest option ever. However, this whole argument started because you acted like a team could never reach the playoffs with a shutdown pairing, especially Hejda + O'Byrne.
A playoff threat will have EJ + another top pairing guy used 25+ per night against the other team's best players. But a team that doesn't have the luxury of that can still be competitive with a shutdown pairing.
The Avs made the playoffs in 07-08 using a shutdown pairing of Sauer-Foote and Liles-Hannan as the best offensive punch we could muster. Even won a round that year.
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