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Handzus Helped Shape Blackhawks and the Kings ( NY Times )
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06-07-2013, 06:37 PM
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Bergeron has 10 points +4 without two of the best offensive players in the playoffs as his linemates and as a faceoff specialist actually has a good percentage.
Carter/Richards are/were outplaying Kopitar (almost certainly playing injured) and arguably kept the Kings alive while their first line collapsed.
Pittsburgh has Malkin.
Those are the real second line centers in this round. How many times have we heard in these playoffs "oh they're keying hard on Toews" (Detroit) or "Kane just isn't doing anything out there" (L.A.)? Both of these things are things that wouldn't be issues with a real second line center. Hawks aren't winning because of Handzus, they're winning despite him, thanks to Crawford, Bickell, and the ACTUAL mainstays on the PK.
Want another stat? Handzus only has 13 shots. Total. Entire playoffs. That is the worst number of any regularly playing Hawks forward. This is indicative that the entire sum of Handzus's contribution can be put as "at some point he gives the puck to Kane or Sharp". It's awful. That's not production. That's leeching.
yea he's not a real second line center, but he's certainly done his part since joining the team. imagine where we would be without him. bolland as second line center was abject failure, would we be better with him, kruger or Shaw there? I'd say no ainec.
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