Thread: Pre-Game Talk: Kings @ Oilers Feb 19 2013
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02-18-2013, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
I actually don't mind Yakupov playing with 94 and 20. Firstly it lets him play RW and I think he's more comfortable there. Belanger wins his fair share of faceoffs so it lets his line start with the puck more often than not, he'll be facing more bottom pairs and bottom 6 match ups, and like somebody else said it shelters him a little bit.

The only thing that bugs me about that line is that Belanger won't celebrate goals with Yaks.
I think Belanger was only telling a half truth when he said he wasn't going to chase Yakupov around the ice. The REAL problem is that with only 4 goals in his last 100 games(give or take)...he's forgotten how to celebrate goals(or at best is very rusty) and is embarrassed about it. He's just trying to deflect the attention onto Yakupov because he's so ashamed of himself. It's understandable...

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