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12-09-2003, 11:48 AM
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It's impossible to figure out how the Wild give out icetime and PP time. We roll four lines MUCH more religiously than most teams. I've yet to see any forward on the Wild get 20 minutes in a game. And I'm guessing our top forward's ATOI is around 15-16 minutes. Gaborik has typically averaged around 14 minutes for his career, but has seen himself benched for entire 3rd periods this year if Lemaire was unhappy with a shift or two. Lately, Dupuis has not been producing and Lemaire usually makes his guys earn that icetime back rather than giving heaps of time and waiting for the player to break out. That's just life with Lemaire.

As for the PP time, everybody gets a turn. Sometimes you see Gabby on the first unit, sometimes on the second. It all depends on how the guy's been playing. If he's put in 3 really hard shifts, Jacques might give him time on the first unit regardless of whether he's usually a 4th liner.

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