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08-19-2012, 11:12 AM
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I think this shows how useless these type of stats are in hockey, it is not like baseball where one on one match-ups occur. If you have only one line scoring, it is obvious that their center will be mached up against weaker opponents as opposite coaches use their best shutdown guys against them. In general Desharnais played against 3rd liners, Eller against 2nd liners, and Plekanec against 1st liners as the stats you quoted show. If another line had also produced then Desharnais may have been matched up against the opponents 2nd line and his stats would change. In short I think it was not so much him playing sheltered minutes, but rather a victim of both his success and coaches inability to preent thes match-ups.

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