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Bruins finalizing defensive pairings for playoffs

PHILADELPHIA — Of the variables Claude Julien considers when setting his defensive lineup, stick position is an important factor. Ideally, all defensemen — Dennis Seidenberg is the exception — play most of their minutes on their strong side.

They can turn to retrieve pucks in the corner more smoothly. They can fish pucks off the wall. They can make crisp outlet passes to the strong-side wing.

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