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05-03-2013, 01:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Andy View Post
This is my biggest concern. I'm not comfortable with DD and Galchenyuk down the middle, two centres who can't handle the defensive burden. If Halpern is there to shoulder that burden, it means less icetime to either Galchenyuk or Desharnais and my guess that it's the former that will have their ice time removed.

Does Halpern have enough left in the tank to take up the defensive responsibility in the playoffs?
I trust Halpern on the 4th line and penalty kill. But giving him more than 10 or so minutes will probably kill his usefulness.

I say it without hyperbole the only two players who it would have been as bad or worse to lose for this matchup would have been Subban and Plekanec. And Eller has been better than Plekanec lately.

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