Here are how the options stand. (1) DP stands on his head, steals a game for the Isles, and Ted Nolan comes out a hero. (2) DP stands on his head, but Sabres still overpower the Isles as a team, and it's a huge risk with little reward. (3) DP comes out rusty, Sabres run over the Isles, and it's a huge risk with NO reward. (4) DP gets hurt (long- or short- term) and Ted Nolan has yet another Really Bad Decision to add to his resume. So what are you going to take? Unless you think #1 is a sure-fire answer, what benefit is there to playing DP? You have to bank everything on the Isles winning tonight in order to justify playing the guy. Sure, you have a lot going for you: he's a huge psychological part for the team and was going for a career year. I understand that. But putting all these alternatives side by side, what are you really winning?
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(5) Dubie goes in net. Nolan cleans up the Isles' game, they match Sabres' style of play. No guarantees, but it'll be a tough series regardless. Did any Isles' fans think it would be an EASY series? Of course not. Putting it on DP's health, though, is not a smart move.
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