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12-09-2003, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Calgary_Moe
Some nights he's getting 11-12 minutes and other nights 14-16 minutes. Dupuis could do much better than what he is with better linemates and more time. I mean, seriously, what is going on? Also, is he only on the 2nd PP unit?

Someone please explain this for me.

Who exactly would be considered "better linemates" (although from your statements, and this is not a criticism, I would venture to guess you don't watch many Wild games, and therefore aren't exactly sure who he has been playing with)?

Lemaire changes the lines up a lot and matches players for lines just as much to limit liability as to create offense (he rarely plays a line with no speed, or no defense, or no size, etc.). His lines are typically very much heterogenous. Moreover, players earn their ice time (especially PP and PK time).

Dupuis ice time can be summed up in two things. The use of the line he ends up on (if his line is matched up against another teams top line, and whether it's a home or away game, etc.) and his play.

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