Holes or Problems With This Years Line-up??
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09-15-2008, 12:42 PM
Join Date: Jul 2004
Just my opinion :
Basic lineup is better than last year, but it won't show that much if Habs have injuries to key players.
Last year, habs had 2 better than average second line centers (koivu + Pleks) and 3 fourth line centers (Lapierre-Smolinsky-Chipchura).
This year, Habs have 1 better than average second line center (Pleks), 2 second line centers (1 year older Koivu + Lang), and 2 fourth line centers (Lapierre and Chipchura). So it's slightly better than last year, but it's still look like a hole to me.
But the addition to that mix of Laraque and Tanguay, + the year of experience gained by many players could make up for that hole.
All in all, habs are better. But not better enough to reach Detroit or the "over-the-top" talent in Pittsburgh. But you never know comes playoffs time. Chemistry, intengibles, hot goalie, rookie breakthrough in mid-season, trades, etc., can change the picture.
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