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01-28-2013, 02:37 AM
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Outside99*
 
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For the past few years, the team's often had a STRONG and a WEAK link defensively on each pairing. The strong were Mitchell/Hamhuis and Salo, the weak Bieksa and Edler.

Top 4 is struggling because Hamhuis is not 100% and Garrison/Edler is a new pairing.

Its also why Ballard-Tanev is our best pairing - Tanev is in mid-season form and playing stellar defence, moving the puck up ice with ease and with little forward assistance. So you either play them more or you move Tanev to the 2nd pairing with Edler and hope Ballard - Garrison works out.

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