GDT: Game 17 Blues @ the quickly falling avalanche 2/20/13 9PM NBCSN
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02-21-2013, 05:29 PM
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Hey guys, I was watching the game yesterday and was surprised to find that Hitch paired Jackman and Polak. I also saw Russell and Shattenkirk paired together at times too. Those are some, uh, interesting choices. Can anyone explain the thinking behind them?
Situational usage only for the most part. If Hitch can leverage a situation (important defensive/offensive zone draw, or to optimize an opponent matchup), he's not opposed to breaking up the pairings to do it. It'll normally take a shift or two for the pairings to normalize after it happens.
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