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Open Ice: Return of the King

Updated: December 14, 2009, 11:21 AM ET
By Sean Allen | Special to ESPN.com

Life without Ryan Smyth has reminded us what kind of fantasy player Anze Kopitar was before this season. Smyth's absence has actually provided a good reality check for anyone who had delusions of grandeur for this very talented but not quite elite forward.

There is no mincing these numbers: With Smyth, Kopitar is scary good; without him, his power is drained. In 22 games this season with Smyth on his wing, Kopitar has 32 points. In the 12 games since Smyth got hurt, Kopitar has five ...

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