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09-06-2012, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Zambia Mania have three very good defensive centers - Haynes, Sands, and Marchant and we feel comfortable with any of them takin defensive zone draws.

In fact, of the forwards in our starting lineup, only Vanek, Smith, Wiseman, and Maloney don't have strong defensive reputations.

I can see Bun Cook giving Vanek shifts on a lower line for certain offensive zone draws, and giving either Sandford or Sullivan a few shifts on the Haynes line for key defensive zone draws.

Dvorak-Young is our primary shutdown pair and they will be matched as much as possible against Barry Pederson.
The Mania does have size issues, especially at center where their four centers are all smaller than the four Orfuns' centers( 5'11"/6'4",6'/6'3") plus with the exception of Marchant they are not elite skaters. The Orfuns have size and speed.

Likewise the Mania wingers - two biggest Maloney and Vanek are not known for defence. The Orfuns' wingers with size(6'+) can play defense. This will be a problem playing against the Orfuns puck moving defensemen.

Interesting match-up that the Mania proposes. Sounds like Claude Julien trying to match Chara against Eric Staal. The Mania does not have the size/reach advantage that Chara did. Pederson is 5'11' same size or slightly bigger than Dvorak/Young. Your other two pairings have Scott Hannan and Mike Green, both 6'1" paired with Streit and Buswell. Hannan can handle a physical forward in the slot or one that crashes the net. but on the Orfuns, the 2nd to 4th lines there are five forwards who will play the slot and/or crash the net. Considering that you have a smallish goalie in Paddy Moran this could be a major issue.

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