Seidenberg in, but who is out?

The latest news about the game tonight is that  Dennis Seidenberg will return to the lineup, but the big question is, who will he replace?  The team is being quiet about it for now.  

While Joni Pitkanen, Anton Babchuk, and Joe Corvo have each had their fair share of mistakes in recent games, the fact of the matter remains that the team set or tied franchise record winning streaks with them in the lineup.  I asked the question a couple of days ago and I'll ask it again, why would you change that up after one bad game? (game one in New Jersey). 

Frank Kaberle has been a healthy scratch most of the year, Dennis Seidenberg has been one of the league leaders in blocked shots, plus is not afraid to use the body in his own zone.  Now, the Canes powerplay has suddenly gone dormant with the insertion of Kaberle and the benching of Seidenberg.  Coincidence?

Nothing against Kaberle but why not go with the players who got you in the playoffs?  There is talk of possibly benching Babchuk, which I think would be a huge mistake.  If it wasn't for Babchuk, does the team even make the playoffs?  The youngster from Kiev led the team's defense in goals scored, powerplay goals, and plus/minus.


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Anton Babchuk 72 16 19 35 13 16 9 0 4 1 127 12.6


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Frantisek Kaberle 30 1 7 8 -4 8 1 0 0 0 28 3.6


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Dennis Seidenberg 70 5 25 30 -9 37 2 0 1 0 129 3.9


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Joni Pitkanen 71 7 26 33 11 58 2 0 3 0 147 4.8


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Joe Corvo 81 14 24 38 -1 18 8 1 6 0 213 6.6


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Tim Gleason 70 0 12 12 3 68 0 0 0 0 61 0.0


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Niclas Wallin 64 2 8 10 -1 42 0 0 1 1 53 3.8


 

 

 

 

 

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