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Cole's Plus/Minus: Pen(alties) vs. Devils - 2 big points lost
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02-09-2013, 03:12 PM
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Here, I'll disagree. When he wasn't acting like a total *** clown, Malkin was the only Penguin threatening the Devils. Frankly, Boychuk did more to shut him down in the first 30 minutes than the Devils did.
As for Kunitz and Dupuis, yeah they had the same combined effect as Boychuk.
Why do you think that I've been obsessing about a proper second wheel for Sid and a proper third wheel for Geno since late last season?
Sid needed someone to step up and help make a play. Geno and Neal needed to work fewer short-handed cycles.
Today, leaving the refs out of it, the Devils were playing tight, boring playoff defense, where the limitations of what the Pens have outside in their top six was exposed . . . AGAIN.
As bad as Kunitz and Dupuis have looked at times, that line has still been dangerous. I'd love to get someone else for Sid than Dupuis, but Malkin is the one who looks like he needs a winger right now. He's getting smothered at even strength.
I think I said this in the winger thread at some point but the need is for one winger. The ideal is for two. Dupuis/Kunitz's struggles are magnified right now because Malkin's line is not scoring so whenever D/K have a bad game the Pens tend to lose. Yet if the Malkin line was rolling like it should then D/K would be able to afford to have the odd bad game because we'd still be able to put the puck in the net with Malkin's line.
Right now we really do look like a one line team, which is somewhat shocking since Malkin/Neal is not that one line.
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