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01-26-2013, 09:20 AM
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Liles & Gardiner together. Why?

I like a lot of what Randy Carlyle is doing. But I don't understand why he had his 2 puck moving defencemen playing together this week.

They are both speedy puck handlers. You need a guy like this on both your powerplay units, but having both together is overkill.

Our first PP unit of Phaneuf and Kostka struggled to get zone entry because neither are overly strong in this role and our second unit lacked a strong shooter.

I think common sense would see

PP Unit 1
Liles- puck moving Dman
Phaneuf- Point shot option

PP Unit 2
Gardiner- puck moving Dman
Franson- Point shot option

I realize its a moot point for now with Gardiner sent down, but I was wondering if anyone can see the logic behind these pairings?

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01-26-2013, 09:22 AM
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I think for the most part he was trying a lot of different combinations the first week, it's sort of like training camp on the fly. The only pairing that was really constant was Phaneuf/Kostka, I think Liles played a bit with Franson.

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01-26-2013, 11:44 AM
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I thought Gardiner and Gunnarsson should have well together, as that would have provided some stability for Jake.

That said Gunner I think has struggled this year and not been as "steady eddy" as per usual making some non routine mistake.

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Odd pairings all around on D

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One thing I think is needed is comfort-ability on the back-end. You need to know where your partner is going to be at all times. It makes playing defense a lot easier, especially on the PP. So instead of changing it every week and trying to strike gold, he needs to use Liles to his advantage and not sitting on his ass on the PP.. We are paying Liles the money to be a PP specialist, and a point getter, but he's not even getting the chances offensively. Doesn't make sense.

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01-26-2013, 12:35 PM
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Have to give the players who are in their training camp some time.

The AHL players had a head start and this is what we often see during training camps when the younger players look like world beaters and then as the regular season gets underway they fall off and are over taken by NHL players.

Give it two weeks and then see where everyone is.

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