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05-06-2013, 01:49 AM
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Tender Rip
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If it wasn't for Iginla's role on the PP, I would say that Bennett has been doing much, much better than him. Including the fact that I thought Bennett was uncharachteristically weak on the puck yesterday and suffered big time.

Of course, this should also play into evaluations on Malkin. No one here can suggest that he has been playing as responsible defensively as Crosby, but he is not even close to having the same kind of support defensively and speed/coverage wise as what Dupuis and Kunitz are providing Sid. And ultimately Geno is at a 0 while Sid is at -2.

Clearly some of this is just coincidence as the Isles have had enough quality chances on Malkin's line, but it remains that I think Malkin is getting a raw deal/evaluation for his performance. Particularly yesterday I thought he was largely playing very solid, making few questionable passes in danger areas and was very committed to backtracking. I won argue game two where along with being a terror offensively he made me insane with his giveaways also.

Anyway, I don't want Bennett out now. I don't even want Despres out unless it is for Orpik. Both those kids should be given some line here to go out and improve on bad performances. Lord knows the vets do, and many of them cannot bring the stuff our rookies can when they are on their game. Don't drop them and have the play scared next time they are in.

Only game day roster change I would pine for is to get Glass the hell out of there and put Vitale in. Lines.... well, that is a different matter and it starts with having Iginla on Sid's RW. I still fully believe this is necessary.

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