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#21 NJDevils9LW

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 07:08 AM

He definately played a big role in that game.
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 07:31 AM

Matvichuk has been a pleasant surprise, for sure. Still, it worries me that he's playing that many minutes after all of that time off - think Lou needs to even that out a bit. But, I assume that's a difficult task with 2 rookies.

When White returns, who to sit? I go round and round on that one. Rafalski had an off game last night and has really been playing very soft all series - still, no way would I sit him. It was finally nice to see Martin jump up in the play, he defense has improved a bit (he's still too soft for me though) - I wouldn't sit him either. Lukowich has been Lukowich - great play followed by a bit of a boneheaded play - still, wouldn't sit one of the few physical defensemen. That leaves us the 2 rookies who, if you subtract Greene's PP time, have played the same amount of time give or take a minute. Greene has been playing well, much better than I anticipated. He's pretty composed out there for a rookie, but still has lapses where he scares me - looks like he has no idea where the puck is on occasion. Oduya, again has been playing well imo - he's more physical than Greene but seems as though the last game tried to be too physical and got caught running around a bit. Almost looks as though he's trying too hard.

I would probably sit Oduya at this point- think he'll make a fine defenseman, his skating is outstanding. Just think right now he tends to get a bit too jacked up and does too much to prove himself. But, I wouldn't be opposed to sitting either Rookie right now. That is of course, if White decides to suck it up and play.
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 07:33 AM

Matvichuk has been a pleasant surprise, for sure. Still, it worries me that he's playing that many minutes after all of that time off - think Lou needs to even that out a bit. But, I assume that's a difficult task with 2 rookies.

When White returns, who to sit? I go round and round on that one. Rafalski had an off game last night and has really been playing very soft all series - still, no way would I sit him. It was finally nice to see Martin jump up in the play, he defense has improved a bit (he's still too soft for me though) - I wouldn't sit him either. Lukowich has been Lukowich - great play followed by a bit of a boneheaded play - still, wouldn't sit one of the few physical defensemen. That leaves us the 2 rookies who, if you subtract Greene's PP time, have played the same amount of time give or take a minute. Greene has been playing well, much better than I anticipated. He's pretty composed out there for a rookie, but still has lapses where he scares me - looks like he has no idea where the puck is on occasion. Oduya, again has been playing well imo - he's more physical than Greene but seems as though the last game tried to be too physical and got caught running around a bit. Almost looks as though he's trying too hard.

I would probably sit Oduya at this point- think he'll make a fine defenseman, his skating is outstanding. Just think right now he tends to get a bit too jacked up and does too much to prove himself. But, I wouldn't be opposed to sitting either Rookie right now. That is of course, if White decides to suck it up and play.



I agree. When White returns Oduya should sit and keep Matvitchuk in the line up. greene has played awesome in these playoffs and Lou would be foolish to scratch Greene. I am sure Lou sees first hand out on that ice how good Greene has played and his best game was last night in Game 4. Oduya is the odd man out when White returns.
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 07:42 AM

No doubt Matvichuk provides leadership when he is in the line-up. Once he learned our system in the second half of last season, we could not be beat (Carolina we beat ourselves).

I think once Matty get his wind/legs back, we will be considerably better IF we advance to the next round.
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 09:30 AM

I didn't get to see the game last night. It's nice to hear that Matty can still have a positive influence on the game. How long was it since he was injured - almost 2 full seasons?
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Posted 20 April 2007 - 01:09 AM

When White is ready to come back, I think we sit Oduya. Johnny wasn't bad, but wasn't great either. He's making a lot of blind passes when pressured. Scares the sh!t outta me.



Totally agree with your assessment. Oduya did get an assist last night be he looks scared. he has been decent all year but we need some big boys out there. Johnny needs to pump some iron as well as Zajjak in the off season...
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Posted 20 April 2007 - 02:09 AM

Totally agree with your assessment. Oduya did get an assist last night be he looks scared. he has been decent all year but we need some big boys out there. Johnny needs to pump some iron as well as Zajjak in the off season...

:lol: That's the funniest misspelling of his name I've ever seen.
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Posted 20 April 2007 - 06:17 AM

Rafalski has learned to effectively avoid being slamed because he moves his feet and is moving as opposed to pinning the puck on the boards. Oduya hasn't learned that or Green. I've never seen a player take more of a beating than Oduya. Also, Johnny rarely throws a heavy check to fw's. He bounces off vinny (then again so does everyone else) IMO, I get scared whenever any d-man is bringing the puck up ice and still looking between the our face off circle & the red line.
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Posted 20 April 2007 - 08:39 AM

Now isn't that what the captain should of said?


i thought the captain was supposed to be a leader in the locker room - oh, that's right, you need to lead BY EXAMPLE...
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