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11-20-2006, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Rahan View Post
well let's just say I can't wait to see our second line stuck in our own zone the whole game, kovalev can't get it out and sammy floats in the middle. I'm not saying Kostitsyn is good defensively but at least he tried. I hope they put Plekanec up there now.
The main problem with Kovalev is that he likes to slow down the pace of the game so much that he forgets he is in his own end. As a result, transition game of the second line is simply horrible. Samsonov is so damn predictable with his moves that even his speed does not help him. Does he get open for one timer? Has he showed good passing skills? Does he shoot often? Does he play physical? Is he good in his own end? Is he good along the boards? What does he do well to earn his salary? Oh yeah I know! He is great turnover machine and a very good cry-baby.

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