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02-17-2013, 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Ziggy Stardust View Post
Kopitar isn't the same player as he was last season. He could tell when he's along the boards and he can't protect the puck using his body. He's easily bumped off the puck now and constantly turns the puck over. I think his injury is hampering him more than we are led to believe. All of his strength is gone.
Could be the injury, or it could be that Kopitar always plays this way this time of the calendar - the yearly 3 goals in 35 games span that has always been part of his game.

The only thing separating Kopitar from the top tier of players is that he simply doesn't want it consistently enough. He settles for being dangerous only on outnumbered rushes for weeks at a time. A knee injury would make working off cycles and quick cuts to the middle more difficult for certain, but this current poor streak just isn't all that unusual given his history.

If only he would think shot first as he crossed the blueline with possession. He's so much more effective when he is looking to finish. He hasn't had a dangerous chance in the last few games, and that just isn't acceptable with that skill-size combination. He has to start being more selfish so his linemates can capitalize on rebounds and coverage problems created by aggressive drives to the net. His line gets no second chances when he stops up and dishes the puck.

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