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11-08-2013, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by SnowblindNYR View Post
Stepan is a good defensive center. Why do you think that line is poor in its defensive zone? Kreider and Zucc not carrying their weight?
Zuccarello is small, Kreider's defensive positioning is poor, and Stepan is a decent defensive center but is not a great one.

A big part of winning pucks in the NHL is strength, or reach. Now, its not the horror show that a Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello line was defensively, but as I have said that line is best suited as a 2nd group so they are not stuck up against the Crosby and Malkin type lines.

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