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04-27-2010, 12:58 PM
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Damn, this means more icetime for Carlson.
IMO Carlson has been a bigger offensive threat than a shutdown dman...as long as we pressure him with a good forecheck i can see him cracking...not saying hes bad defensively but its more his offense and decisions that make him impressive me thinks

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04-27-2010, 01:00 PM
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Well it sucks for them but kinda of good news for us

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I just wish Scott Walker won't play tomorrow.

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04-27-2010, 01:05 PM
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how good is alzner? I know he was really hyped a few years ago, but how has he looked in call ups?

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He seems to be good, but inexperienced, and has trouble handling criticism it seems. Demotions/bad plays affect his emotions and the way he plays according to Caps board.

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They just recalled Alzner from Hershey...
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Aw crap. He's pretty good. Damn Caps and their prospects.

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04-27-2010, 01:41 PM
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**** hockey, he got some WoW to play!

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if the league finds out about this i wouldn't be surprised if cammalleri was suspended. you can't say things like that, than shoot pucks at guys faces.
Not sure if serious...

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04-27-2010, 01:59 PM
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I just wish Scott Walker won't play tomorrow.
If Boudreau had his brain that he tragically lost after the great fall, he'd put in Walker and take out Flash. I still can't believe Walker is sitting out.

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Caps could use Walker. We could hate Scott Walker.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cum7t3QTHZs

He didn't get suspended for almost knocking Havlat's block off last year in the PO's, I seriously doubt anything will come from this.
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lol. no i'm not serious.

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04-27-2010, 02:24 PM
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You don't block pucks with your face. That's why nerds shouldn't be allowed to play hockey.

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04-27-2010, 03:08 PM
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Poti was on their second pairing most of the season.
Green and Schultz were doing the big minutes during the season.
With Carlson now playing 20 minutes a game, and the Corvo pickup, his importance is diminished.
Poti's played 2nd most among Washington defensemen, and third most among Capital players. He's averaged 4 seconds fewer played per game than Ovechkin even-strength. He's been their top PKer, playing 4:27 on average-over a minute more than any other Washington defenseman.

These averages are including Game Six, where Poti played only 14 minutes due to injury. It's safe to say he would be second in ice time among Capital players in general in even strength if not for that.

It's safe to say that Poti has been an integral minute-eating defenseman for a team already short on mobile, defense-first veteran defensemen, and that his loss is significant.

In Montreal, where Hamrlik's disappointing play and Spacek's injury could have been significant blows, veteran depth lightened the effects as Gorges and Gill emerged as integral components to the blueline. Washington, on the other hand, must depend on young players and offensive defensemen to fill in--neither of which play the same game nor enjoy the same strengths that Poti provided.

All that said, Alzner's a nice player and certainly capable of stepping in. My worry would be more if Washington opted to play Sloan or Erskine instead, and bumped up Corvo's minutes.

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04-27-2010, 04:37 PM
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Poti's played 2nd most among Washington defensemen, and third most among Capital players. He's averaged 4 seconds fewer played per game than Ovechkin even-strength. He's been their top PKer, playing 4:27 on average-over a minute more than any other Washington defenseman.

These averages are including Game Six, where Poti played only 14 minutes due to injury. It's safe to say he would be second in ice time among Capital players in general in even strength if not for that.

It's safe to say that Poti has been an integral minute-eating defenseman for a team already short on mobile, defense-first veteran defensemen, and that his loss is significant.

In Montreal, where Hamrlik's disappointing play and Spacek's injury could have been significant blows, veteran depth lightened the effects as Gorges and Gill emerged as integral components to the blueline. Washington, on the other hand, must depend on young players and offensive defensemen to fill in--neither of which play the same game nor enjoy the same strengths that Poti provided.

All that said, Alzner's a nice player and certainly capable of stepping in. My worry would be more if Washington opted to play Sloan or Erskine instead, and bumped up Corvo's minutes.
Poti was 4th in minutes/game during the regular season as ES (behind Green, Schultz and Corvo). Schultz progressively played a more important role as the season progressed.

He was 4th in minutes at ES the last full game he played (behind Green, Carlson, and Schultz).

He is the Hall Gill on the league's 25th best PK. He was cursed all season long by Caps fans for his brain cramps and ineptitudes while killing penalties. They'll be able to overcome his loss...

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04-27-2010, 04:40 PM
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Poti was 4th in minutes/game during the regular season as ES (behind Green, Schultz and Corvo). Schultz progressively played a more important role as the season progressed.
Wow... is this willful ignorance? What does the regular season matter? Poti is #2 in Washington in the post-season. That's a fact. To say he was behind Schultz and Corvo in the regular season is wholly irrelevant. Poti averages close to 5 minutes more per game in ice time than Corvo in the post-season!

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04-27-2010, 05:04 PM
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I think the Habs really need to attack Alzner/Carlson when they are on the ice. They are good, but will probably be real nervous in a Game 7 with the team on its heels.

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I think the Habs really need to attack Alzner/Carlson when they are on the ice. They are good, but will probably be real nervous in a Game 7 with the team on its heels.
Attack them and hope for what has been the key in all Habs win this series, an early goal.

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04-27-2010, 05:49 PM
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not just this series. that solid stretch we had after the olympics, we had many games that had us scoring in the first few minutes that proved to be crucial in maintaining a winning rhythm.

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04-27-2010, 06:53 PM
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Wow... is this willful ignorance? What does the regular season matter? Poti is #2 in Washington in the post-season. That's a fact. To say he was behind Schultz and Corvo in the regular season is wholly irrelevant. Poti averages close to 5 minutes more per game in ice time than Corvo in the post-season!
You're right, he has raised his level during the post-season. I guess we'll soon find out if Carlson was the one responsible for his elevated play or if it was the other way around.

I just don't think his complete aversion to physical play is what's most effective vs the Habs' small speedy forwards.

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04-27-2010, 07:01 PM
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You're right, he has raised his level during the post-season. I guess we'll soon find out if Carlson was the one responsible for his elevated play or if it was the other way around.

I just don't think his complete aversion to physical play is what's most effective vs the Habs' small speedy forwards.
In last year's playoffs, Poti was the Capitals' #2 defenseman and #1 defenseman in +/- with a +8 (Green was -5).

He's just a poised, solid dman. And he's mobile, and a veteran, and my view of him this series is that he's been by far the best defenseman at shutting the team down because he has some size and he's developed good fundamentals.

I think Carlson, while impressive, has been prone to some breakdowns defensively.

You might be right that the team won't skip a beat, just saying I think this is a blow for the Capitals--moreso than losing Spacek would be for Montreal, for sure.

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04-27-2010, 07:06 PM
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he did a good job pissing off a few of our guys, Gomez fought him and i think gionta went after him too at one point (might have been cammy, i remember commenting on how it was always our midgets who tried to fight him). Might make things easier on our small forwards.

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04-27-2010, 07:13 PM
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he did a good job pissing off a few of our guys, Gomez fought him and i think gionta went after him too at one point (might have been cammy, i remember commenting on how it was always our midgets who tried to fight him). Might make things easier on our small forwards.
Yeah, it was Cammalleri.

Thing about big guys is that even if they're fast, they're rarely quick. So when you get good positional defensemen who aren't immobile and have some veteran savvy to their game, that's where they can render quick midgets to playing more of a perimeter game. That's why Poti was so effective versus Montreal, where Schultz has been below average (in my opinion), while the reverse would likely be true versus Pittsburgh, and certainly against Boston or Philly.

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Alzner seems like another offensive D. I think it could favor us seeing his stats. Unexperienced, does have some points, mostly assists, so he's looks more of the feeder then the trigger. Though he can provide a boost of moral like Subban did for us, probably not as much though. We shall see.

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Gomez softened him up with his George Forman like power shots.

Too bad for Poti, he had played well and that injury can mean plastic surgery. As much as it pains me to say it since I'm a big fight fan the time has come for mandatory visors.

After seeing Moen come razor close to loosing an eye this year my thinking did a 180 on that issue.

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