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03-14-2012, 08:25 AM
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Mark Stahl is back to being Marc Staal

He's back. After the last few games and seeing last nights game live, keeping am eye on him, he is ****ing back.

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Agree completely. I also think he is looking more dangerous in his limited PP time than he has in quite a while. Guy looks dominant out there again and at the perfect time when McD and Girardi are both slowing down a step due to the minutes they have picked up all season.

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He's back. After the last few games and seeing last nights game live, keeping am eye on him, he is ****ing back.
I didn't watch the whole game but did see a bad turnover against his brother in the third.. not very Staal like but I'm sure the majority of his game is back.

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I didn't watch the whole game but did see a bad turnover against his brother in the third.. not very Staal like but I'm sure the majority of his game is back.
Yeah, that was the only blemish. Other than that he was very good.

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03-14-2012, 09:03 AM
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Yeah that turnover was a bad one...came right after he made a great play to stand up the blueline and take the puck away and start back up ice, then he passes it straight to Eric's stick

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i dont think hes ever looked as bad as ppl here like to say.

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Agree completely. I also think he is looking more dangerous in his limited PP time than he has in quite a while. Guy looks dominant out there again and at the perfect time when McD and Girardi are both slowing down a step due to the minutes they have picked up all season.
Slowing down? McD was dominant in all three zones last night. He had a burp but that's it. Mcd was our best d-man last night; no doubt.

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i dont think hes ever looked as bad as ppl here like to say.
He looked like he'd never played defense before his first month back. Played scared his second month. Looks very good now, about 85% of himself. I think he'll peak right at playoff time.

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Still don't think he's 100%, but he's almost there. Last night he made a couple of those patented "Marc Staal" plays where he went up against two opposing players and managed to come away with the puck.

People who advocated trading him were off their rockers.

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There was a moment on a Carolina power play last night when Tuomo Ruutu got the puck while he was parked in front of the net, and Staal thoroughly hounded him to the point where he got nothing off. That was the point where I said Staal is back.

Great timing for this thread.

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03-14-2012, 12:53 PM
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He looked like he'd never played defense before his first month back. Played scared his second month. Looks very good now, about 85% of himself. I think he'll peak right at playoff time.
The only thing that really matters. Though it'd also be good to reduce Girardi's ice time a bit. You want him 100% for the playoffs too.

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Slowing down? McD was dominant in all three zones last night. He had a burp but that's it. Mcd was our best d-man last night; no doubt.
I totally agree, my statement should apply more to Girardi than McD. Girardi has deifnitely lost a step since earlier in the season. I am astounded with McD all season long and ven though I keep expecting him to lose a step, he just doesn't.

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Not even close IMO.

He's making those vintage Marc Staal breakouts more often, but he's got a ways to go I believe. It's encouraging that he's improving though. People don't realize how big a deal missing training camp is.

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who was mark stahl in the first place?

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Marc Staal has been back for at least a month now. He's been making those little plays in the corner, using his big body to protect the puck and get it out of the zone like he usually does. That is the one area I would say Staal > McD (any of our defensemen really)AINEC. McD often has problems getting it out of the zone because he's not taking the time to do it whereas Staal is completely calm and waits for the right opportunity.

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I totally agree, my statement should apply more to Girardi than McD. Girardi has deifnitely lost a step since earlier in the season. I am astounded with McD all season long and ven though I keep expecting him to lose a step, he just doesn't.
Girardi seems to that every year. Play like a world beater for a while and then tail off.

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