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Bench Kovalchuk?

  1. No (62 votes [67.39%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 67.39%

  2. Yes for Harrold (7 votes [7.61%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.61%

  3. Yes for Josefson (23 votes [25.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

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#21 ThreeCups

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 11:33 PM

No offense, this is the STUPIDEST poll I have seen....

There is 0 chance Kovy does not play the next game...


The only way a poll could top this one in terms of stupidity, would be a "Who should start next game- Moose or Marty?"
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#22 Neb00rs

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 11:36 PM

In the end its worth it to have Kovy in the lineup because his shot is so dangerous and he still draws attention. He should not be playing the point right now however.
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 11:39 PM

Yeah I think this is what they did to him during the PHI series.. Not all to knowledgeable with them, but can you do two in a close period of time?


That's probably why they can't do one now. Every game could be his last for the season anyway, so at this point it's about how much he can tolerate.
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 11:42 PM

Kovy needs to see less minutes, not get scratched. Not at this point.
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 11:54 PM

The PP at the end of the game was one of the best in a long time. Keep Tally and Fayne on the points with Elias/Kovy/Parise/Zajac/Sykora/Clarkson/Zubrus down low. It forces them to play simple rather than load the gun to Kovy at the point all the time. Run the PP through Elias at the half boards - it has worked great in the regular season.

Maybe the best part tonight was escaping without a PP goal. They are going to need one soon. And they are due.
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 12:07 AM

The PP at the end of the game was one of the best in a long time. Keep Tally and Fayne on the points with Elias/Kovy/Parise/Zajac/Sykora/Clarkson/Zubrus down low. It forces them to play simple rather than load the gun to Kovy at the point all the time. Run the PP through Elias at the half boards - it has worked great in the regular season.

Maybe the best part tonight was escaping without a PP goal. They are going to need one soon. And they are due.


So are we. If we get ours working, we can beat them.
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 12:11 AM

So are we. If we get ours working, we can beat them.

Sorry for the lack of clarity, by 'they' I meant NJ.
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 12:19 AM

Sorry for the lack of clarity, by 'they' I meant NJ.


Yea, 1am, Im high off the win, partially my mistake. We are definitely due. "They" are the Kings to me haha.

Edited by ghdi, 07 June 2012 - 12:19 AM.

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#29 Pepperkorn

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 06:14 AM

He's doing a great job, but I am worried for him.
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:10 AM

Kovy's not getting benched unless he sustains a major injury from a play, like a broken bone or something like that. it's a moo point (from the point of view of a cow)
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:22 AM

Limit his minutes...mostly on the PP. Take him off the point and let him hover on the left wing for one timers / rebounds. I love him at the point when healthy but he's missing some of that quickness that's essential to playing the point right now.
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:07 AM

If Ovechkin can get benched and his minutes reduced why can't Kovalchuk? Especially if it helps the team?
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:09 AM

kovy was dreadful for most of that game
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:09 AM

If Ovechkin can get benched and his minutes reduced why can't Kovalchuk? Especially if it helps the team?



Minutes getting reduced and being scratched are horses of a totalllyyy different color!
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:00 AM

Why would we scratch him when he can still shoot better then 95% of this team. Now with that said he doesnt need to be QB'ing the PP or have to be on the ice so much.

Limit his ice time especially on the PP. That or can we get Mr. Miyagi to work some magic on his back/groin/leg.
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:00 AM

Also... I'm really not sure it will help the team.

That's what sucks. Never underestimate you teach best what you most need to learn. I'm pretty sure I have ZERO idea what a strong influence he's having on the bench. He's so ... in his element. He's so happy and he wants so badly to be there.
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:06 AM

kovy was dreadful for most of that game

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I thought he was hurting the team by mishandling the puck so much and at times practically being immobile.

After Game 3, I had hoped PDB would've sat him a game, just to let him get some rest or give him a shot or some drugs or whatever it is that they could do for him.

But now that the game is over and the Devils won and he scored the emtpy-netter, I guess they should keep him in. Just limit his minutes a litle bit -- like a lot of others have already stated.
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:21 AM

Minutes getting reduced and being scratched are horses of a totalllyyy different color!



Yeah i do agree possibly with minutes reduced but even then you would want to be careful. At this point the whole team is beat up so you don't want to over work some guys even though they could possibly take the extra shifts take it.

Edited by MoKovy, 07 June 2012 - 10:21 AM.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:23 AM

2 days rest will help maybe?
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:30 AM

I think this team has really good depth for the first time I can remember. We have the luxury of sitting Harrold, Larsson, and Josefson who are all really effective players. What's the point of having depth if you don't take advantage of it when your starters are so clearly hurt?

At the very least the Devils need to give up on 2 minutes straight of Kovy on the PP. I think we can all agree on that. But the question then becomes, if you can't trust Kovy on the PP, where can you trust him? And why are you putting him out there anyway? You should put your best team out there and not worry about things like "He's the face of the franchise" or "He's come this far."

If you guys seriously think Kovy at his current health is better than Harrold (or Josefson) then fine, but I don't agree (However, it's not an easy decision to make in the slightest).
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