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01-08-2013, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by thadd View Post
It's an advantage. Kipper can probably start every game. Overplayed higher-end players probably won't feel the burn and tail off at the end of the season.

Similar upside for Edmonton when speaking of Ryan Smyth.
No goalie can start 48 games in a row. Not in the modern era.

To keep Kipper at his peak performance, he should be a 38-40 games. Just because he's been overplayed in the past, doesn't mean it should continue just because it's a shortened season.

I think people are overestimating the ability of players in a shortened schedule. The added rest factor of having to play fewer total games is mitigated by a highly condensed schedule plus longer off season for those not playing oversees or any competitive hockey for the last four months.

Expect to see a lot of injuries and some very sloppy play early on.

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