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05-10-2013, 03:08 PM
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I was with the group at first glance seeing his ice time, but after watching the Norway game, it seemed to me they were just rotating 4 lines at even strength and Hall was unfortunate with the timing of penalties. Looking at the data closer supports this. Hall has played 26%, 16% (game he was benched), 22%, and 23% of the available even strength time, which seems fair for a 2nd/3rd line player. It really only looks so bad because he isn't on the PP or PK. Now we could argue that maybe he should get a little more PP time other than the one shift against Norway (likely to make up for the bad luck they were getting with the timing of the penalties), but obviously they've picked a PP unit and PK unit and are simply rotating even strength. That's a decent strategy at this point to get everyone used to each other, then shorten the bench when the games get more important.

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