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05-02-2013, 12:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Thrice View Post
The "sheltered minutes" argument is pretty weak in this instance. By definition, a 3rd D-unit pairing is only going to be on the ice when the Top 4 defensemen aren't. So if Doughty was playing 30 min., Scuderi was playing 20+, Voynov was playing 20+, Mitchell was playing 20+, how many minutes are left for the other 2 dmen and who is left to play against?
Martinez played almost 3 minutes per game on the powerplay, out of his 11 minutes on the ice. He played 24 seconds shorthanded. Between those minutes and responsibilities, he SHOULD play well... but the fact that he played well doesn't mean he dominated.

You site how many minutes everyone was playing in the playoffs. Greene, his defensive partner, played only 12 minutes a game, but 3 and a half minutes of that was shorthanded. Hard minutes.

Everyone saying how much better Martinez would be compared to Ellerby forget the limited responsibility Martinez has had to face, so he's not going to struggle as much. Ellerby, on the other hand, has played 14:28 per game, three more minutes per game than what Martinez played. He also played 1:36 minutes per game shorthanded. Six seconds of his overall ice time per game is spent on the powerplay.

Even so, last night Ellerby played seventeen minutes. 3 and a half minutes were short handed.

You people want Martinez in to replace Ellerby, and to play difficult, priority minutes he never played before, yet you're so certain he would do a better job? Laughable.

Until someone has a credible link saying that Martinez is injured, then I'm going to continue working under the assumption that Sutter has a similar assessment of Martinez.

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