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04-10-2013, 10:13 PM
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If we can get Diaz back I'm fairly confident against the Leafs as long as we don't goon it up. Put our best players out on home ice against Mclaren and Orr, see how much their toughness helps them then. Without Diaz back we can certainly still win but one of Beaulieu, Bouillion, or Drewiske is going to have to really step up.

My biggest concern would be Markov just getting worn down over the final stretch and a longer series. If Markov regresses we're in real trouble and we're basically at last season all over again where we only have one real pairing. We're going to have to keep Subban and Gorges out as much as we can (they're our thoroughbreds, they can handle the minutes), and keep Markov fresh so we can pounce on the power plays. The issue with the Leafs this year is that they actually have two good lines now, but as long as we can get Plekanec to shut down the Kessel-Bozak-JVR line (maybe put Bourque on the LW and move Ryder down to the Eller line) we should be in good shape.

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