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As Paul Bissonnette Goes, So Do The Coyotes

from Carter Nacke of Arizona Sports,

So far this season, the Coyotes are 14-6-4 this season when Biz takes the ice. They're not winning because of his offensive contributions, as the 28-year-old has only contributed one goal and five helpers (not exactly record-breaking numbers). They're winning because of his presence.

Bissonnette has that intimidation factor. He has no fear. Whether it's laying a hit to get his team going, protecting a teammate or dropping the gloves to take on the other team's big guy, Biz is the Coyotes' man. In fact, when he's on the ice, the Coyotes lay an average of 14.2 hits on their opponents while only taking 9.7. The other team is wary of him and it changes the way they play.

But the Welland, Ontario native is stepping outside of his enforcer role this season. His effort, in each game he's played, is noticeable. He's doing more than hitting, more than getting physical. He's creating chances and contributing.

"He's actually a pretty good player," said Doan. "He's a good player and doesn't get the credit he deserves."

How right is the captain? I took a look.

Biz's aforementioned offensive stats, again, aren't impressive. But his six points are enough to tie his NHL season-high.

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Slumpy's avatar

Every team needs an ice cop

Memo to Ken Holland & Mike Babcock.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 01/08/14 at 03:37 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Dmac was tough and could play.  Whod have known DMac would be the piece od the puzzle KH cant replace.  I know everyone thinks if you fight and arwnt on top 6 youre a goon but biz is a perfect example of inatngibles while still contributing.  Hes got better numbers than Cleary brings more to the ice and a lot cheaper.  But im just an idiot fan

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/08/14 at 03:54 PM ET

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Yeah Bissonette is essential to the Yotes winning. Like when he got suckered into a fight with Phoenix up 3-1 against Philadelphia giving the Flyers some life and motivation leading to a 5-3 comeback victory last Saturday.

Posted by timbits on 01/09/14 at 12:08 AM ET

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