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02-12-2013, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post
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.
The reason I like this Boyle debate is because it comes down to a philosophical breakdown of where this team is headed.

If/when Boyle gets back into the lineup, will Torts prefer to give him the same type of shutdown assignment? If so, it doesnt really matter what line hes on because hes going to get big even strength minutes against the oppositions top line.

Or is this team in a place where that shutdown role can go out the window because Torts feels he has a team that can consistently bring it to the opposition? If Miller wasnt a teenager and had more experience, this would be a lot stronger of an argument.

My personal take? You never know how a specific game is going to play out. Why leave your only legitimate shutdown option in the press box? Im not here to say Boyle is some sort of great defensive player on his way to a Selke, but the truth of the matter is theres noone else on the roster capable of fulfilling his specific role.

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