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03-13-2013, 10:18 PM
5 Mike Rupps
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How is the personnel a lot worse when it's basically just Staal for Sutter? That's not a big downgrade at all defensively, and if one player was so unbelievably important to our PK then we have our own problems. Carolina's PK isn't all of a sudden amazing now (it's bottom third of the league, the same it's been for the past few years).
I'm not sure what's wrong with it. It seems like we're being less aggressive than we used to be. I think we'll get it turned around in time for the playoffs.
It's a big downgrade in terms of
You can just stand there daring teams to find lanes if there's one guy blocking every possible pass in a ridiculous amount of area who can manage to pressure the D without doing anything beyond just being in the general vicinity. Sutter's a fine penalty killer, but he doesn't eliminate nearly as much ice as Staal did (which is not a knock on Sutter, by the way).
Whether that's a good strategy to begin with (we should stand here and let some freak of nature suck all the oxygen out of the other team's man-advantage) is probably a reasonable question, though.
Also, Staal was a one man disaster for any other team's breakout in all game situations. Just angled everyone into a less-than-ideal pass every time. There was no easy way to get the puck past him.
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