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03-05-2013, 05:04 PM
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nik jr
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Originally Posted by Winger98 View Post
And they've kept them in check. with the makeup of the team right now, they have to grind out points. They desperately need their special teams to pick it up right now. The powerplay is the one point in the game where they can put enough skill on the ice to get something done...but they're not.
question is whether cleary and abdelkader and the loss of offense are necessary for that. datsyuk was still very effective with homer, who was arguably the worst ES top 6 player in the NHL. last season, datsyuk's line with bertuzzi and franzen was rarely scored on at ES until datsyuk got injured.

i don't think it is just that abdelkader and cleary are weak offensive players, datsyuk is also not as involved in the offensive zone b/c the line is just grinding on the boards. is this the best way to use datsyuk?

plus, toews line was not really shut down, it just happened not to score b/c of luck and howard.

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