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02-17-2013, 06:04 PM
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I don't see why it has to be one or the other.

An example I'd use is the Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin line in Boston. One of the top corsi lines (as in they frequently outshot opponents while ont he ice) in the NHL for a number of reasons. You have one of the best defensive guys in the league in Bergeron, but you also have an offensively gifted guy like Seguin who can possess the puck which leads to the ice being tilted in the Bruins favour while they're on the ice. Seguin is no stalwart defensively, but he doesn't need to be on his line and that's not why he's put out there.

Same with the Sedins. People will be quick to point out how often they start in the offensive zone, but you can't just give any old bum an offensive start and expect the team to be so much better. The Sedins are excellent puck-possession players and AV knows that, which is why they're so effective when starting in the offensive zone.

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