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03-29-2013, 03:50 PM
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moose vasko
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Originally Posted by deytookerjaabs View Post
I disagree, Oduya is a liability but we still need to keep 1 more man back than the sum of the other teams forecheck. It's the lazy changes and reliance on having only the D pairs back that hurt. Smart teams keep their center on the ice and have different breakout plays for those situations. Our D pairings are easily top 5 in the league.
I'm not sure what you're disagreeing about (we both acknowledge that Oduya is a question mark), but while good puck support will help him (and having the wingers hold up the forecheckers wouldn't hurt either although it's not so easy these days), you can't hide him and it's not just losing battles--he does tend to cough it up pretty easily. If our pairings are top 5 as you say, that's fine, but doesn't mean much when down to the last 8 then 4 teams. We'll see how it plays out, but I just think Rozy might be a better choice later on for handling the heavy lifting. I hope he stays healthy.

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