Henrik Tallinder - Mark Fayne
When Henrik was in Buffalo he faced the toughest competition and was a slight negative in corsi. In New Jersey last year after a terrible start while facing slighty above average competition, Henrik posted an excellent cosi. I think as our number 1 defensmen this season he should be once again against the top opposition with a little more help from his forwards. He along with Fayne should break even hopefully be a positive. Fayne gets a lot of pucks on net and has shown good chemistry with Tallinder. This combo had a very generous shooting % so offensive totals may come down a little bit. No need to get into PDraw/Taken with defensmen.
Defense Pair 2
Andy Greene - Anton Volchenkov
Andy Greene was so unlucky last year. Not only did he get poor goaltending while on the ice but he has had some of the worst partners. This year with Anton his line sh% should go way up along with his point totals. Both were above average corsi wise against slightly weaker competition. They may need to take a larger role with White gone so these numbers may break even. I suspect these two playing as a partner for most of the year will help them at both ends of the ice.
Defense Pair 3
Matt Taormina - Adam Larsson
Victor Hedman posted a relative corsi of +3 against above average compitition in his rookie season and I fully expect Larsson to do the same. Playing with Taormina who will be a corsi god, this is where the Devils will use line matchups to their favor. If you can get Larsson and Taormina out in favorable situations against weaker competition, there is a good chance they post 10+ CORSI ON stats. Both are extremely talented offensively and Larsson should handle himself OK on the defensive end. If Larsson doesn't make it out of camp then Stralman will be his replacement and this pair should still dominate the shot war.
Mark Fraser extra
Bryce Salvador was a negative corsi when healthy in the 2009 season, why the hell would that change now. No chance at making the team unless they value grit like they did White.
Next up PP 1
Edited by Jas0nMacIsaac, 14 September 2011 - 11:11 PM.