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02-12-2013, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by SnowblindNYR View Post
BTW, who was on the Straka-Nylander-Jagr Malik-Rozsival, 5 man unit anything special defensively. Look at their +/-s. There's more ways to playing defense than collapsing in the D zone in front of the goalie and blocking the shot.
Bingo? In the NFL, teams that control the ball help the numbers of their defense simply because the other team gets less possessions. This can be applied to hockey. If we have the puck in their zone most of the game, they will not score and although we may not lead the league in blocked shots or takeaways, our overall defensive numbers will be very good. This is where Boyle doesn't help us and therefore is just not that good of a defensive player.

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