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02-12-2013, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by SnowblindNYR View Post
There are a lot of players that are a lot better than Boyle that aren't nearly as good as him defensively. Besides he doesn't have to be better than Boyle defensively. If his line is in the other team's zone rather than what Boyle likes to do (be pinned in his zone and block a ton of shots) it's as good or better defensively than what Boyle does.
The reason Miller's line is in the offensive zone more is because they aren't getting the defensive zone starts Boyle was. Miller is getting sheltered 3rd line minutes. Boyle was matched up in the defensive zone consistently with the other teams best players.

Stepan is getting that match-up now. Notice his point totals have dropped this season? Hard to score goals and put up points when you have to worry so much about the defensive side of the puck.

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