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01-24-2014, 11:43 AM
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Iron Duke
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Originally Posted by 101st_fan View Post
Stalberg's lack of special teams play and the amount of time we spent with somebody in the box killed his ice time. Trotz juggled lines a bit and got four shifts for Stalberg in the 3rd, compared to only two for Clune.

Wilson was not effective on the boards last night ... simply lost too many individual battles.

Spaling's 4:54 of short handed time coupled with playing with his ES line resulted in his huge ice time. He and Smith did well on the wings with both Legwand and Gaustad at center.

Hutton still gives up too many rebounds into the low slot but the team collected them well most of the night.

MDZ had a couple good passes but his lack of PK time and less than physical style highlighted Klein's absence. He wasn't horrible defensively but in balancing the left/right issue Poile created an offensive/stayhome balance issue. I'm waiting to see how MDZ and Jones gel.
One of the comments quite a few Rangers fans made was that MDZ is not a player that shies away from the physical style, so I'm not sure how much of a concern this is going forward. Entirely possible he reigned his game in a bit playing for a new squad with little practice or knowledge of the system.

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