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02-25-2013, 07:56 AM
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I honestly feel like this team is more composed with Malkin out of the lineup.. at even strength. Malkin has a tendency to play his own way, and its very difficult for guys not named James Neal to deal with it. They'll definitely miss his creativity next time they are down in a game, but defending a lead seems a bit easier when all lines are playing the system.

The powerplay is another story. It seems like Blysma hasn't given up in the Letang experience.. even more so when there is an open slot. Letang just doesn't have the patience to be a good PP QB. I don't know if they are missing this.. or if they are hoping he learns through trial by fire. I hope it is the latter.. because it is brutal to watch. Malkin is such a huge loss here in more ways then one.

Paul Martin for Norris..

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