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01-14-2011, 10:17 PM
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Boyle did a lot of hard work over the summer. Otherwise he wouldn't have made the team. He's starting to play a bit more aggressive too. If you saw the game where he knocked down PK after he got hit in the face he definitely has it in him.

Last night this line was on the ice for more then any other line. If boyle is playing defensively its almost like having 3 dmen on for us. It's a big reason why we win tight games when leading in the 3rd

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01-14-2011, 10:39 PM
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best 3rd line? that may be a stretch. best 4th line by a huge margin for sure.

they are a damn good 3rd line though. they play so damn well together. they work the boards...they can seem to find each other without any peeking at all, and they play solid defensive hockey. hard to complain about em.
The only complaint I have is that Boyle is not doing well on draws. Until he can improve and win over 50% of them on a regular basis, it's going to a problem.

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The only complaint I have is that Boyle is not doing well on draws. Until he can improve and win over 50% of them on a regular basis, it's going to a problem.
He should be moved to the wing like Dubinsky was. It'll help his game tremendously.

Can't say enough about Fedotenko. He was so bad last season. Looked like he just didn't give a ****. Nice to see a guy put in the effort to keep his career going. He's not even that old, if he plays the way he's playing this season, he can stay in the NHL for awhile. Maybe even with this team.

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He should be moved to the wing like Dubinsky was. It'll help his game tremendously.

Can't say enough about Fedotenko. He was so bad last season. Looked like he just didn't give a ****. Nice to see a guy put in the effort to keep his career going. He's not even that old, if he plays the way he's playing this season, he can stay in the NHL for awhile. Maybe even with this team.
I'm really not so sure about moving Boyle to wing. He does a lot of things well as a center--just not winning draws. It's also nice to have some size down the middle (with Boyle and Anisimov). It's just a question of whether Boyle can master that skill as well.

Insofar as Fedotenko goes: I agree, he's been a very good pickup. Tortorella clearly knows the best position to put him in to maximize his skills. Unless he demands the moon and the stars (or a 10 year contract), I'm pretty sure he'll be back next year.

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The only complaint I have is that Boyle is not doing well on draws. Until he can improve and win over 50% of them on a regular basis, it's going to a problem.
So far this season his f/o % has increased almost 10 points over last season, considering how much time he put into improving his skating last off-season pretty confident his f/o % will improve, lets remember this is only his 2nd full NHL season. To put in perspective how much faith Torts has in Boyle this year, through 45 games this season he has almost doubled the amount of faceoffes he took all of 2009-2010, 594 vs 323.

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