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03-14-2004, 07:38 PM
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i don't think langdon will be a regular during the playoffs - there is no fighting and we have better defensive players than him to fill the 4th line.

bulis has always played well with juneau, and juneau has experience that would be valuable come playoff time. considering how well the begin-dowd-ward line has been playing, i think they'll stick together. they are a great checking line that provides energy AND plays well defensively. i would do this:

perrault - koivu - zednik (stick with whats working)
ryder - ribiero - kovalev (kovalev will give this line a demension of speed)
bulis - juneau - sundstrom (stricktly defensive line)
begin - dowd - ward (great defense, energy, and grit)
dackell, dagenais, langdon are scratches

souray - brisebois (our 2 best defensemen this year)
markov - rivet (tried and tested)
bouillon - quintal (decent 3rd pairing)


sidenote: last year i thought our biggest problem was the lack of a true fourth line - we played second line rejects like perrault and audette on the fourth. cudos to gainey for finally providing the team with a fourth line that plays with energy!

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