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WITH THE AN­A­LYT­I­CAL BASE, it can read­ily be de­ter­mined which play­ers are more ef­fec­tive in par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tions. For Provorov and McAvoy, their games will be­come even more com­plete than they are now. At present, both play on their team’s No. 1 de­fense pair­ing. Both are on the sec­ond power play unit. Provorov is on the first penalty-killing unit, while McAvoy isn’t used ex­ten­sively on the PK. Both are used in late-game sit­u­a­tions and over­time. Both are ef­fec­tive play­ing left or right de­fense. As his ca­reer un­folds, McAvoy should take over as Bos­ton’s power play quar­ter­back and join the NHL’s group of elite of­fen­sive D-men. His de­fen­sive play will be good enough to use in all sit­u­a­tions. Provorov should be­come one of the league’s top-flight de­fen­sive play­ers. He may be on the first PP unit, but he won’t be con­sid­ered elite in that role. EDGE: McAVOY

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