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06-05-2013, 02:08 PM
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I watch eastern Conference games because they're usually more open and entertaining then their WC counterparts. What I can tell you is that there are no pure goons playing most of the time but what you do have are big physical forwards on each line. Each team in the EC has a Neil, Lucic, Thorton type playing a regular shift, all the way from 1st line down to 4th line guys. So while the goons rarely suit up it is the power forwards or physical checking forwards who I worry about. Those guys see plenty of action because they can play a solid game, step it up in the playoffs as well. You see a lot more of those types than you do in the Western Conference.

"I talked to [former Detroit assistant and current Ottawa Senators coach] Paul MacLean, he says it's more physically demanding right from the get-go as far as fighting and physicality," Babcock said. "We'll be excited for short trips and good sleeps."

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