Balancing ice time will be key

Updated: January 29, 2013, 2:52 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

One very important key to success in this compressed NHL season will be rolling four lines with confidence.

The best teams will spread out the minutes so their top players won't get drained during this crazy season.

When you're playing five games in eight nights, you can't have a top-heavy lineup minutes-wise, or else your team will run out of gas before late April.

Thing is, it's one thing to know this, and all teams are well aware of this reality, but it's another thing altogether ...

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