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12-01-2005, 07:38 AM
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Norström and icetime

I noticed Norström just played 12-13 minutes last night with Dempsey. His icetime usually is around 18-20 minutes. Has something happened, or has he just dropped on the depth chart behind the likes of Corvo and Gleason?

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These hapless Kings spent almost 14 minutes on the PP last night, and with the addition of Jeff Tambellini at the point, Matti didn't get his obligatory 2nd unit time, so there was some of it. The Kings played catch up for most of the game (2nd/3rd periods) so the call for offense was clearly on Coach Murray's mind.

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Why was Matty playing with Dempsey?

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SOMEBODY has to play defense next to Dempsey

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SOMEBODY has to play defense next to Dempsey
Poor Matty. Poor anyone. Why the heck hasn't he been riding the pine again?

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He also took a penalty last night, so that's potentially 2 minutes of ice time that he missed. I agree with Tubby, though, that it probably mostly came from not getting PP time last night. In that case, though, he should've played even more on the PK and at even strength. I think that, whenever the Kings are desperately in need of goals (as they were last night), Andy Murray gives far more ice time to Visnovsky and Corvo, which I don't necessarily agree with. Norstrom should get more ice time than Corvo, no matter what the score, IMO.

I miss the days when Blake and Norstrom would each chew up 25+ minutes. Maybe that's not ideal or maybe the NHL is different nowadays, but conventional wisdom suggests that you put out your better players more than your weaker players. AM follows this convention with the forwards (1st line gets most time, 4th gets least), but seems to have the idea that all of his defensemen are of equal caliber, and so spits ice time evenly between them.

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Looks like nobody has suggested Norstrom's play. Not sure if that is a direct result of his lack of ice time last game, but you have to take not that he did play poorly and could be faulted for being out of position on two of the three powerplay goals scored against the Kings.

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Looks like nobody has suggested Norstrom's play. Not sure if that is a direct result of his lack of ice time last game, but you have to take not that he did play poorly and could be faulted for being out of position on two of the three powerplay goals scored against the Kings.
Yes, he was out of position. It certainly looked like he didn't trust that Dempsey was going to hold up his end of the defense. I can't really blame him for being a couple of steps out of position in those cases.

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Yes, he was out of position. It certainly looked like he didn't trust that Dempsey was going to hold up his end of the defense. I can't really blame him for being a couple of steps out of position in those cases.
Concur.

Matti is actually moving his feet, and Dempsey is standing there like a spectator.

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Does anybody else feel that Matty is skating harder, but falling a lot more? It almost seems like he gave up some strength for speed. Just doesn't feel like that pilar of strength we have always had back there.

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Does anybody else feel that Matty is skating harder, but falling a lot more? It almost seems like he gave up some strength for speed. Just doesn't feel like that pilar of strength we have always had back there.
I've got it!!!! As a practical joke, one of the Kings equipment guys switched Norstrom and Roenick's skates prior to the start of the season! This explains EVERYTHING!!!

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I've got it!!!! As a practical joke, one of the Kings equipment guys switched Norstrom and Roenick's skates prior to the start of the season! This explains EVERYTHING!!!
And maybe the team surgeon switched Corvo and Dempsey's brains. Hmmm...

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On one of those powerplay goals, Norstrom was left covering two players, one in the slot and one to the side of the net. IMO, Conroy was responsible for taking the man in the slot and was out at the top of the right circle, instead.

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Did anyone happen to see what Norstrom was doing on the fourth goal? He was watching the Sens player behind the net while Heatley was positioned all alone in front, untouched. It isn't just him but the entire team has taken a big leap backwards in their performance, and Norstrom is running around trying to cover up for other people's mistakes which in the end makes him look bad as well.

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