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05-04-2013, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Sidgeni Malkby View Post
Do you think Orpik is our #3, or #4 D?

Whatever number you feel he is....if a lower number was playing instead of him, then we played worse than we could have. That is measurable.

Would anything different have happened if Orpik had played? No way to prove either way.
I feel that Orpik's been a poor #4 who's cost us because of his error-prone play with big minutes. So no, the idea that a lower pairing defenseman playing instead of him automatically makes us worse is not "measurable". In fact, it's totally subjective.

Martin was a top 4 defenseman getting big minutes in the playoffs last year, and we got better when he went down to injury and we inserted two rookies to help re-distribute his minutes.

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