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05-09-2013, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy6 View Post
Don't you think, though, that for a certain percentage of "blatant" issues there is going to be a legitimate explanation that we as fans just aren't privy to?

The problem this year was that we had a tough schedule and, after doing really well through most of it we just hit a wall for about the last 10 games of the tough part. Once the more relaxed April schedule came, the players had a chance to rest a bit and once again went on a tear. That sort of schedule issue is not going to exist next year, or hopefully ever again. I think it will make a big difference.
There may be some other reasoning. The GM may push buttons (I hope not), but things like a 42% faceoff winner (Antro) and a 47% faceoff winner (Olli) taking draws over a 55% faceoff winner (Welly) when they are on the same line are hard to explain away.

What other explanation could there be apart from Noel's preference for size at centre?

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