: Pre-Game Talk:
2013-2014 Training Camp/Preseason Discussion Thread Part 2
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09-20-2013, 11:16 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Brooklyn, of course
Statistics are useful, but can't explain the way a combination can be more than the sum its parts. People on this board talk all the time about a great defensive pairing: Leetch and Beukeboom. Can statistics explain the chemistry they had when they played together? I don't think so, but as someone who watched almost every single game they played together (many in person), I can tell you one thing--it worked.
We've all seen it--some players work well together, even though on paper it makes no sense. There are too many variables in a game with the kind of speed involved.
Girardi is a complimentary player--statistically he may not appear to be a "shutdown" or all-star defenseman, but the reality is that he is steady and can play 25 minutes a night over a whole season against the best players in the game. Plus, he's a right handed shot. He's not the star on defense, but he's the glue that solidifies it. Ultimately he's replaceable, but it may not be as easy as it looks statistically to find his sucessor.
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