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04-23-2013, 06:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Rally Donkey View Post
Totallyagree Except the 2nd "too many men" call on Plymouth was crap - thank God it didnt' decide the game. Here's why officiating has to be so sharp - these teams are very evenly matched (on paper). I think Plymouth is stronger defensively (positional play - working as a team/unit), London is strong offensively (same reason, but Plymouth has more depth and talent on the attack), and London has a teeny-tiny edge in goal only because Ned is so young. Defensively, London relies more heavily on a couple of stars, but the Whalers play team defense a little better imho. Ned's not playing like a rookie, and both teams's defense are stifling. I think London's biggest advantage is the defensive play of their forwards. Breakdowns in Plymouth's defense more often come on lapses by fowards wheras London's
breakdowns seem more often on the rear-guard side. Maybe not always, but just seems that way as I watch things unfold.
That's a good insight, but I think London has better depth at forward. Not entirely sure they're more talented either, in points maybe, but let's remember that points don't necessarily mean talent and just because someone doesn't play to potential that they don't have the talent to do so.

Also as good as Ned is, I don't think you can hoist him as the next big thing in net from a backup role in the reg season (correct?) and 1 playoff run, even as a rookie. Still betting my money on Fucale lol.

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