: Line Combos:
Carter to the Wing
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01-07-2009, 12:44 PM
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I think we can all agree that this road trip was terrible. We only scored 10 goals in 6 games but thanks to the uncanny ability of this club to play (mostly) up or down to their opponents, we still managed 2-2-2 and half the points available.
We are certainly a much better home team than road team, most easily exemplified by our power-play statistic, but our offense has very often not looked very good. The constant changes in lines due to injuries weren't really helping either. There certainly needs some more observation to be done when the team is somewhat healthy again.
However, there also lies the crux of the matter. With Brière on the horizon there is a ton of speculation going on how to staff the lines. At the beginning of the season it was experimented with Brière on the wing, but that did not work out as well as we hoped it would.
Something we have never really contemplated is putting Jeff Carter on the wing. I know he has some experience in that position as he played Wing in the World Junior Championship tournaments he participated in.
As much as I liked the Olde City line of Hartnell, Carter and Lupul, something that annoyed me a bit about it is that Carter once again does not really have a set-up man on his side. I think Brière or Richards could equally well function in that position. And of course it would be very interesting what Richards and Carter could do together supposing the end of the game against Phoenix and the Overtime was any indication of that.
Might this work?
Gagné - Richards - Carter
Hartnell - Brière - Lupul
Upshall - Metropolit - Knuble
Cote - Powe - Asham
As a sidenote, when Giroux returns from his concussion, I'd have no problem in this configuration to trade away Knuble, put Lupul on Metro's wing and Giroux on Brière's.
as a poster mentioned, you don't mess with a player with a career year. You're complaining about the lack of goals production from the team, but you go right ahead and make this line -up a 2 line team rather than a 3 line team. Knuble and Upshall are WORTHLESS playing with Metro. You need 3 scoring lines as opposed to 2 especially if you have the players to do it. That 3rd line is just a waste of space....no clear role on the team. Are they a shutdown line? not really ....scoring line? nope
and 2-2-2 isn't a bad record on the road trip ESPECIALLY after how they started and the lack of manpower due to injuries.
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