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10-02-2006, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by frozenrubber View Post
As the roster currently stands, the defense doesn't suggest that to me.

Throw stats all you want from last years amazing defensive statistics, the Rangers would of been much worse off w/out Lundqvist. Granted the King is back, but I see the defense as it currently stands is underwhelming and will have to overachieve like last year to make any serious noise in the playoffs.
The key, to me, is the Tyutin-Ward pairing; Tyutin develops and begins to realize his potential, he becomes the Rangers' best D-man. The rest of the D then falls in line behind him, meaning the Malik-Rozsival pairing doesn't have to play the extra minutes that expose them, or be on the ice against the top line. And, then Kaspar and his eventual partner, get third pairing minutes and are also less exposed.

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