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01-13-2014, 11:26 AM
The Kaptain Says ARR
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Originally Posted by MuckOG View Post
The other positive these injuries created wis that it seemed to light a fire under some certain player's behinds, most notably Coyle.
I think it's half fire and half that Coyle is using his size in a different manner now that he's not with Koivu. With Koivu and Parise, Coyle was only used in the corners and behind the net. He got in there, took a body, and put the puck back in the corner for Koivu. Koivu took a body and put the puck back in the corner for Coyle. Never did they focus on creating a scoring chance out front.

Now with Heater and Zucker, Coyle can do two things differently. One, this line doesn't needlessly dump it in every time through the neutral zone. This allows Coyle to drive the net and either open up space in the slot for a quality shot or beat a defender and receive a quick one on one with the goalie. Defenders must stick to him as a big body. Second, Coyle can work himself free out front. He's a big dude capable of this. He's no longer relegated ****** work behind the net for Koivu.

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