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01-14-2008, 09:38 AM
Larry Melnyk
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Originally Posted by Rags225 View Post
If this line can score consistantly than it should be the third line. In the new NHL top three lines are for scoring, while the 4th line is a grinding line. So if they can produce at a pace of a about a goal every other game or so than they are a true third line. Unfortunately the Betts line isn't a true 3rd line but they are being used by one. The Betts line is a true 4th line.
When the season started, HBO was definetely a typical 4th line. But the way they have played smart postional defesne and check along with being physical, means they can be a little more then ut a 4th line if need be (and we have had that need). Unfortunately, scoring will be minimal..

The best case scenario in my mind is that the DDP line or whatever version of the 3rd line we have can indeed score and play SOME D to go along with their skating ability. And if the HBO line keeps playing the way they have, these two lines would give us alot of options depending on the opponent and matchups..

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