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01-22-2013, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Sidney the Kidney View Post
It's not just based on two games this season. It's based on evidence from the past, particularly in playoff series where Sid was keyed on strongly by the opposition.

Remember the Detroit series when we won the Cup? Sid was almost a non-factor offensively, because Zetterberg and Lidstrom basically keyed on him and challenged Guerin and Kunitz to burn them. They were incapable of doing anything, so that line was shut down.

The Montreal series a couple of years ago also saw them key on Crosby, leaving his wingers to do the damage. How'd that go for that line?

Heck, Sid "only" had 8 points in one of the highest scoring playoff series in the last 20 years against Philly, producing hardly anything the final 2 or 3 games of that series when Philly began keying on him and leaving it up to his linemates to burn them.

Sid basically has to be in beast mode for his line to produce. When he's not, or when a talented team like Detroit keys on him, his line doesn't produce. So why is it so hard to understand that bringing in a more talented winger who can actually create on his own is necessary evil to ensure that we've got two really, really dangerous lines, even when Sid or Geno aren't at their best?
Montreal shut down any and everyone until Philly that playoffs. Lidstrom and Z have shutdown everyone, Toews / Kane / Hossa line included.

Malkin still had 40 goal Neal and Sully last year yet didn't produce like he should have against Philly either, what's the story there? Should we get him another 40 goal guy on his wing?

Oh yeah, Philly only began honing in on Sid for the final two games, yup. They decided to just let him go for the first four, see what happens.

Sid is targeted by every single team in every single game and his playoff PPG is still through the roof. Like, incredibly through the roof.

Our defense lost it for us last year. We have one of the best offenses in the league. Maybe we should focus on defense before we blow our prospect load on another goalscorer. I'm all for another winger for Sid, but I can't imagine anyone worthwhile coming reasonably cheap.

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