The new pairing of Jaroslav Spacek and Dmitri Kalinin became the blue line's workhorse duo in the first game following the trade of Brian Campbell. Spacek logged just shy of 24 minutes, while Kalinin came in at 22:24. Coach Lindy Ruff didn't shy away from his third pairing of Nathan Paetsch and Nolan Pratt, with Paetsch playing 16:15 and Pratt 15:09. That's not far off the totals of Henrik Tallinder (17:24) and Toni Lydman (17:50). Interesting that at the end of the second period Paetsch had played just eight seconds less than Lydman despite being a scratch in 15 of the last 16 games.
--- Bob DiCesare