11/25/08: Nashville "Versus" St. Louis
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11-26-2008, 02:31 PM
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Nashville, TN
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I was thinking more along the lines of the old ELO line- I wonder if he could click on the left (or right) side of Legwand and Erat. He has the speed to skate with them and the grit to dig out pucks, along with some scoring touch. That combo seemed to work back in the days of Vlad the Impaler.
What I've been proposing over on the NP.com boards for a couple days now is recalling both Hornqvist and Jones (assuming they are ready), waiving Peverley down to Milwuakee (two-way contract, but still must clear waivers), and putting out the following lines:
Erat - Arnott - Dumont
Pihlstrom - Legwand - Hornqvist
Jones - Nichol - Tootoo
Smithson - Bonk - Ward
ex: Tarnasky and Fiddler
Pihlstrom clearly reinvigorated Legwand last night and even got Ward some quality scoring chances too. Hornqvist and Pihlstrom had good chemistry over the weekend with Milwaukee in Iowa and provide Leggy with two guys that can skate with him to create chances off the rush, two guys that are feisty and willing to go into the corners and to the front of the net to generate scoring chances off the cycle, and two guys that serve as either playmakers or finishers depending on the need at that particular moment.
Jones provides size and some pretty good finish to a gritty line that will score a lot of garbage type goals. Nichol and Tootoo give the line some speed and generally compliment Ryan's game with their style of play as well. Problem here would be that either Tootoo or Jones will have to play on their off-wing since both are right-wings.
The fourth line is a checking line with Bonk playing against opposing big centers (Tkachuk last night, Staal the prior night (Arnott and Bonk were matched against him), Thornton for the Sharks, etc). Ward and Smithson get big PK minutes and Bonk is an option on the PP, although I'd much rather have Jones take his spot on PP1 after his recall.
This gives you four lines to roll. Two scoring lines, a gritty line that will have their moments of offensive bliss, and a checking line. It is a pretty balanced lineup IMO.
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