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01-20-2013, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by WetHog View Post
New coaching staff or not, the blue liners outside Mullet Carlson and Alzner are un-inspiring.
It does seem like it could be a season where I'm going to want those two to play 30+ minutes.

I'd be less concerned if the hustle and work rate was there and their timing was just off. It could get late awfully early for this bunch if they don't prepare and play with more urgency. Given that this would not seem to be a hallmark of this core and the organization's approach generally I have my doubts. Early on the ability to at least win the individual battle of wits is an advantage for some teams and the Caps aren't formidable in that regard. Ribeiro looked pretty savvy but the overall tempo was crap.

Winnipeg plays at Boston tomorrow afternoon but I'd bet they'll still be faster Tuesday night.

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