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03-17-2013, 06:10 PM
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Abdelkader is a +6 in the past 13 games playing primarily on Datsyuk's line against the other team's top line. They are outscoring the other team's top line (isn't that the goal of their line?) and Dats has 14 points over that same timespan- actually a better point per game production than his career norms and right in line with what he's done after the 1st lockout. How exactly is that line hurting Detroit? It's worked out well- it's been Z's line that has only been treading water. Brunner should probably be on the 3rd line to get himself far easier matchups.
Any line with Datsyuk is going to produce + players and beat the opposition's lines. He is that good.
The question is: would the team be better off if Datsyuk was playing with someone with more hockey sense. And the answer is absolutely yes. He would be producing even more points, they would still be outscoring the opposition, and all the same.
When has a line with Datsyuk ever been defensively unreliable? The guy is so damn good and so damn smart. He can carry Homer. He can carry anyone. So give him a toy to play with and watch him go. Franzen's pass to him in Edmonton was a perfect example. Franzen might be a floater, but he's a smart hockey player with offensive instincts. He knows who to give the puck and how to get it to him. Cleary and Abby are 100% grinders, they can't play that game. Franzen slow plays it, gives Datsyuk a perfect pass as he's gathering up a full head of steam, and Datsyuk goes to work.
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