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Edler's inconsistency and Ballard replacement

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Am I the only one to notice this? On his goal, he made a great defensive play to set that up. But he was caught completely flat-footed on the Eberle goal. As for Ballard, he's bad. No other way to put it. Vandermeer, Barker and Alberts are all very capable defensemen, they all have got to be better than him.

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Edler looks nervous in the defensive zone defendign the rush without Salo. He needs a calming influence, and what better a calming influence than Tanev.

Hamhuis - Bieksa

Edler - Tanev

Garrison - Ballard/Vandemeer

Ballard and Garrison have played in Florida together so may have some chemistry, one being a physical guy the other a free wheeling skater. If not, we could just have two giant monsters on our 3rd pairing. Each pairing gets as close to 20 minutes as possible, but obviously our special team units remain.

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I don't like Garrison on the 3rd pairing. i feel like Garrison has been consistently strong

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While I agree that Edler is inconsistent, but so is Shea Weber. He made great defensive plays against the Canucks during the 2011 cup run, but was shamed by Kesler on more than one occasion.

Edler will have this season to prove himself to Gillis. If not I could see him being part of a major trade involving the other aforementioned defenseman.

As for Ballard, yeah he made that HORRIBLE pass that almost ended up in a goal, but Bieksa has made the very same mistakes except they were in the neutral zone.

My feeling is Ballard more than likely going to finish this season on a different team.

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Thought Edler had a great game and aside from that one turnover I thought Ballard had a strong game with Tanev too.

Edler and Garrison are looking better every game. We lost the skills competition after having thr edge in 5 on 5 play, No need to have knee jerk reactions.

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I don't like Garrison on the 3rd pairing. i feel like Garrison has been consistently strong

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Edler has been fine.... that Eberle goal should have been stopped by lui

Ballard (other than that one turnover) has been fine too

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Edler looks nervous in the defensive zone defendign the rush without Salo. He needs a calming influence, and what better a calming influence than Tanev.

Hamhuis - Bieksa

Edler - Tanev

Garrison - Ballard/Vandemeer

Ballard and Garrison have played in Florida together so may have some chemistry, one being a physical guy the other a free wheeling skater. If not, we could just have two giant monsters on our 3rd pairing. Each pairing gets as close to 20 minutes as possible, but obviously our special team units remain.

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They could've put Stevens and Potvin out there, and Kesler would've embarrassed them. He was superhuman that series. Edler just looks lost too often.

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Luongo claimed that he was watching the clock and not Eberle thus wasn't able to line himself up properly against Eberle coming down the wing.

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I miss Edler's vintage big hits he used to throw at least once a game.

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Ballard made some mistakes but he did have a solid game. Not to mention, he and Tanev compliment each other so well. Plus Ballard and Tanev made the best pairing on the ice yesterday.

Ballard and Tanev do a lot of things well but they go unnoticed.

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Luongo claimed that he was watching the clock and not Eberle thus wasn't able to line himself up properly against Eberle coming down the wing.

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And I believe that Daniel was looking for a penalty after tripping.

It's just two games in, though. Frankly, tonight was a great game. Both teams played well. Both made sloppy plays and both made brilliant plays. Shtuff happens. Edmonton has a good young team, and as much as I would like to punch Taylor Hall in the face, they were good. So were the Canucks. Kassian was a beast tonight.

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They look like piss overall. I'm really not worried. Same story every year and the boys end up fine, so..

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Nice to see some fans notice things go both ways for Edler finally. Like i always say we almost always see the good and bad Edler every game his consistency is not good enough.

Tonight is a usual night with the Norris style intercepted pass and hard snipe for the goal then turnstyled by Eberle taking a penalty then walked around again on the Eberle goal and several other small miscues.

Against the Ducks he was the same good plays and bad miscues. I have been watching this inconsistent play for years now and it's getting tiring.

Hopefully one day he will really get his act together because we are stuck with whatever he is for a while.

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