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03-01-2013, 10:09 AM
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Was at the game last night. A great night for everyone but four guys; Bickel, Boyle, Eminger and Gaborik.

What became so clear last night is the difference between Miller and Boyle (and Kreider because unfortunately he plays like Boyle in this regard). First off the puck followed JT around last night which is great, but that's not the point. The point is he possesses the puck in the D-zone. Boyle treats it like a hot potato and too often his harried attempts to clear the zone do not lead to clears. Too often instead of corralling the puck and making a play he attempts a backhand or one handed poke to get a clear and it just doesn't get out. Also, and this is amazing, he runs around alot in the D zone. There were a few times where he JT and Gabby were all around the puck along the boards with BB being the last one to arrive.

Bottom line, since Stu dropped the gloves, Boyle was our worst player last night. Stu for a defenseman is also a nightmare with the puck on his stick along the boards. Both guys played a very shaky game.

On the flip side Pyatt, Halp and Powe were noticeable in a good way and should be the foundation of a good bottom 6.

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