To me it is no coincidence that this team was a playoff team with Sekera healthy and Klefbom playing well and was utter trash with Klefbom playing poorly and Sekera hurt, and now with both guys hurt. They may not be the best defensemen out their but both guys are solid players and it makes the whole group stronger. I mean Klefbom/Larsson are capable of playing top pairing minutes usually. Not the best but far from the worst, and when you follow that up with Sekera/Russell (or even Nurse/Russell) that's a fine to good second pair, and if you have Nurse (or Sekera)/whoever on your third pairing you have 3 pairings that can get the job done. Without 2 of those though, or 3 as with missing Russell recently then you are down to basically one competent pairing. Really makes it hard to win.