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02-03-2013, 06:40 AM
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Frolov 6'3
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Originally Posted by Racer View Post
It is concerning that Mitchell could mean that much to the team. On the other hand, when your #3, 4, 5 and 6th defensemen have a combined 313 regular season games under their belt... that can lead to problems as well. In comparison, Drew has played 323 regular season games.

I think Mitchell (and Greene) being out compounds the problem. Not only is the team missing 2 quality defensemen, but the players that replace them are far below their quality. It also forces Sutter to make pairings that are less than ideal. Voynov and Mitchell are pretty good. Greene and Martinez are pretty good. Voynov and Martinez together is a border line disaster. Drewiske and Muzzin are just as bad.
Yes, but you still have a good top 6 (forwards) and an excellent goalie. Missing both Greene and Mitchell hurts but there's more to it.

I keep saying this for a long time already, the Kings do not get any offense from the bottom lines. So now and then you need offense from there, and not only energy/toughness/defensive awareness whatever. Clifford, Lewis, Fraser, Richardson, Nolan, King, Stoll and the whole bunch = zero offense. Now both Mitchel and Greene are out, the Kings can't rely on their defense anymore. Whiskey and Muzzin are nice stop gaps when you are able to net a few goals each game.

Players like Kopitar, Richards, Gagne, Carter, Brown, Williams must provide offense but when a few of them are playing crap, than you dont have to expect any offense from the 3rd or 4th line either.

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