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02-16-2013, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
People are overstating the "defensive ability of our topline.

Any difference between first line and second line is largely attributable to D pairings.

For instance these are the 5 on 5 D pairing on ice percentages if you're RNH:

J Schultz 49 N Schultz 40 Smid 34 Petry 33 Whitney 17 Potter 14

If your name is Sam Gagner you're seeing:

Petry 37 Smid 35 J Schultz 34 N Schultz 31 Whitney 24 Potter 21

Note as well that if Whitney had not been benched for 3games his matching with the Gagner line based on minutes played per game would put him up there with Petry.

The intent of the club is to get the the better D pairings, and particularly J Schultz out more with the topline. To match I guess what they were doing in OKC. Right not J Schultz is head and shoulders the best D on this club, Whitney, Potter the worst. The vast differential in d quality on this club means that who you're playing with is extremely important.

And here we go again. I thought someone already posted a chart for you earlier that showed there wasn't a huge difference in time for the 1st line or 2nd line with the Schultz pairing? And yet you continue to use that as an excuse to (once again) pump up Gagner's game.

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