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02-17-2013, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by ABasin View Post
So, the Avs defense has been abysmal so far - at both ends of the ice - I suspect we can all agree on that, yes?

As I see it, there's one guy who's obviously playing better offensively than the rest of the crew (Barrie), and there's one guy who's obviously playing better defensively than the rest of the crew (Johnson). What say we pair them and leave them together for at least a dozen games without breaking them up (once EJ gets back, of course), play them 28 minutes per night, and see how it goes?
I likey! Not only because it makes sense but also because the more ice time those two can handle the fewer shifts for everyone else. One of the reasons I've was sorta intrigued by Phaneuf was that he's capable of eating large minutes. the Avs have a lot of guys that are ok in limited TOI but all get exposed by playing more than they should.

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