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08-31-2012, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Doomsday Device View Post
I'm not sure why you're assuming this. Visnovsky and Lydman faced easily the toughest quality of competition on Anaheim in 2010-11 and absolutely killed it. Visnovsky might not have a reputation as a strong defensive player who matches up against top lines but that's how he was used that season.
Thanks for the correction. I think we're getting to the bottom of it.

Lydman is the one with the exemplary defensive reputation, going back almost a decade now. If Visnovsky was his partner, then to some degree he was carried to a better defensive rating. Of course, like all pairings, they weren't joined at the hip, and in the numbers you can see, Visnovsky got some more offensive shifts against lesser competition and boosted his corsi, so he'd look better by the metrics DL44 is using.

usually he has faced the weaker competition based on qualcomp in 08, 09, 10, and 12, but you're right, he did get tougher shifts in 2011.

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