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04-28-2013, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by li97 View Post
Don't know why people are expecting so much from Staal... He hasn't played a game in over a month and will be jumping right into playoffs... Not to mention his vision probably still wont be 100%. I'm expecting Torts to shelter his ice time until he proves hes ready to take on 2nd pairing minutes again and who knows when that will be.
We are expecting so much from him because he is our #1 dman. Yes, it's unreasonable to expect him to immediately perform at that level his first game back, or even his first two or three. But Marc Staal at only 80% is a clear upgrade over Eminger. Inserting him into the 3rd pairing improves the team. And if he's able to move up to the top 2 pairings we're in much better position to win this series. His presence in the lineup is that important. He's been practicing so he's pretty close to game shape. Just need the eye to clear up a bit and there's no reason to expect he can't be a shut down defender for us once again.

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