Reaves in Lineup vs out
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01-30-2013, 04:02 PM
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This is wrong. Langenbrunner is slower than he was, but he still has superior instinct, skills, and positioning than Reaves, which is why he gets more ice time when he plays. The 4th line is good, but it's good with either of them.
We have yet to get a meaningful sample size between the two, and remember that correlation does not imply causation. The 4th line is meant to be defensively sound to give a break to the other three, and their minutes reflect that. Both of these guys know how to cycle the puck and keep it in the offensive zone. Reaves brings a different game than Langenbrunner for sure, but in today's NHL enforcers aren't as important as they once were and we have other guys who can fight if need be. I am in no way saying that Langenbrunner should get every start, but it's nonsense that without Reaves we're missing some magic part of the lineup. It's even more nonsense when people say the decision to not play Reaves had an impact in the LA series.
Reaves is not an enforcer. Everyone should be getting that through their head. An enforcer is only a fighter, while Reaves is a grinder, as he can do much more. janssen was an enforcer. Winchester and Crombeen were grinders. Big difference.
The only reason Langs has gotten more ice time than Reaves is because either Reaves has been in the box, or in the few game langs has played, he has played a lot because the team has dominated.
Reaves is the superior player right now. Reaves will play the rest of the season and develop into a 82 game player, the only reason Langs is here is for his leadership. To say that he has better instincts and positioning than Reaves is bogus. The only things langs is better on is shooting, passing, dekeing, and leading.
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