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06-23-2013, 07:20 PM
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Boyle started 29.8% of his shifts in the defensive zone, and ended in the offensive zone 50.8% of the time.

So, yeah, Boyle is pretty much better than Mitchell ever was at that.

Boyle-Callahan is a great defensive pairing up front. Nystrom isn't a third liner, I would prefer to have someone else in that spott.
Boyle was good at zone start differential in 2011-12, but his game fell off a cliff in the regular season and his shots relative to competition severely declined as well in 2013. Boyle, while doing an admirable job in a pure defensive role, hasn't been able to generate shot differential like Mitchell has. Neither Nystrom or Boyle and even Callahan help in that regard. I just see that line being hemmed for long stretches in their own end.

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