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10-08-2008, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Teufelsdreck View Post
The Habs don't have the best fourth line center. The Devils have a fourth line of Rupp-Holik-Zubrus. That's bigger and better than anything the Habs can put out. They average 6'4" and 228 pounds and they offer more offesnsive skill, playmaking, faceoff ability, and toughness. Can anyone imagine Brisebois or even Markov breaking up their cycling?
I understand what you are getting at here, but you make it sound like this line is going to be a dominant force when in all reality Holik is washed up (except in the faceoff circle), Zubrus never really was and Rupp shouldn't be dressed most nights. This line can make it tough to get the puck away the same way any team's 4th line does. The problem is how do 4th lines get a cycle started? dump and chase, that means these guys would have to either beat Markov to the puck or intercept a pass. I think I would put my money on Markov every time.

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