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02-03-2013, 03:27 AM
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Madam Kadri
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This team can be a Cup contender this season if it can fix its faceoffs, penalty kill, and its proneness to making plays that lead to breakaways. It's very close.

Our D's top 4 is well anchored. Subban and Markov are both good in their own end and when complemented by Gorges, Emelin, or Diaz, scoring on us will not be easy.

We have 9 guys who can score points, and some of those 9 are very good defensively. Our supposed 4th liners are very competent players. Moen, Prust, and Armstrong can hold their own on the penalty kill and defensive aspect of their games. Prust, kn particular is a VERY multi-dimensional player. He can fight, he agitates, he draws penalties, he kills penalties, he can score a little, and he never quits on a play.

Past cup-winning teams have a two-way center or two, such as Mike Richards, Patrice Bergeron, Datsyuk, Jordan Staal, or Henrik Zetterberg. Plekanec might not put up as gaudy numbers as these guys, but he is damn good on both ends of the ice.

Past Cup-winning teams also have a super-skilled center show up, i.e Seguin, Toews, Kopitar, etc. We have Galchenyuk.

We have three big guys who like to throw their weight around: Pacioretty, Cole, and Bourque.

Also, gotta give coaches their due. Even Tomas Kaberle is actually shooting the puck and even threw a bodycheck, even though his effectiveness is still not satisfactory. The players are making crisp passes left and right and seem to know where their teammates are when having to make a split-second decision to make a pass. There is some semblence of a meritocracy. Show the coaches you can do something, and they will give you ice time.

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