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03-15-2013, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by sakiaba View Post
Fourth liners can contribute by eating tough minutes against the opposition's top lines. They don't need to score to contribute, they only need to avoid being scored against, ideally by not being bottled up in their own zone. This allows the other three lines to play more minutes against the other team's depth players. For instance, one of the reasons that Plekanec has been so much more productive this year is that he's not stuck taking defensive zone faceoffs against the other team's top line as much.

If one-dimensional enforcers are played for too many minutes... well, you're the Toronto Maple Leafs. And I was going to make a comment about goons mostly sitting in the press box come playoff time, but Toronto probably won't have to worry about that.

Go watch Bordeleau play

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