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07-30-2008, 11:00 PM
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Originally Posted by norrisnick View Post
Filppula, Hudler, or both?

Hudler has been used exclusive as a LW with the Wings (ES, he's on the right side for PPs).

Filppula has spent large portions of his NHL tenure on the wing. During the '06-'07 season Babcock would often kick Holmstrom down to the 4th line and put Filppula on the top line with Z and Pavel late in games for defensive purposes. And when Z has been out of the lineup, Pavel would slide to center and Filppula would be on one of the wings with Holmstrom on the other. This past season saw him in the middle of the 2nd most of the time, though sometimes Franzen would be center as well. For the upcoming season the only way Fil stays in the center is if he's on the 3rd line.
I meant Flip - shoulda clarified. Thanks.

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