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04-03-2014, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR713 View Post
That's one of the biggest changes with AV over Torts... regulation of playing time. Rolling 4 lines throughout the season has kept these guys fresh for the late run. Like you said, Torts barely even recognizes that he has a 4th line and 3rd pairing. Throughout 82 games, especially with Torts style of collapsing and blocking shots defensively, he would ride the same horses to death and the team was dead come playoffs every season. Shortening the bench in the playoffs isn't always a bad idea, especially if the top 9 and top 4 haven't been worked to death in the regular season.
I'll never forget the triple overtime game against Washington in the playoffs where Bickel played like 4 minutes and McDonagh and Girardi both ended up playing about a full hour

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