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02-24-2013, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Bleach Clean View Post
The ES time given to all pairings right now is pretty comparable. Alberts would fall right in line with that scheme.

And that's not the only option, they could have kept at least one of the pairings intact, say Edler-Tanev. But now, everyone is playing with someone new against a skilled offensive team. It's not wise.
I don't think it's about the icetime as much as the match-ups. Tanev has played with Hamhuis before in a shutdown role (did so for stretches late last season), so AV must be more comfortable playing the two together in a shutdown role again.

And given that Alberts hasn't played a game this season, they likely want to shelter him and put him on a 3rd pairing they can manage against weaker forward lines, instead of putting Edler in that role and limiting him.

The Wings are a team that you likely want to have a shutdown pairing against, and if you're going to put a shutdown pair together without Bieksa in the lineup, Hamhuis and Tanev make sense given their history and Tanev's safe, low-risk game.

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