Thread: Line Combos: What is your ideal 4th line?
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01-16-2009, 02:38 PM
Larry Melnyk
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Originally Posted by Jackson Ranger View Post
Agree 100% there...the top 9 forwards get 3 to 4 times more playing time and haven't done squat the whole year yet by adding Fritsche or some other player on the fourth line instead of Orr will suddenly change the way this team plays and there ability to score goals.

I wish it was that easy folks...
Not sure anybody was saying that... This was a thread about the 4th line and what might be the best combination..And if you look at what Orr has done offensively (nothing) and what Sjostrom has done (nothing all year with twice the time), it surely can be improved..Hell, they are probably the least productive regular 4th liner wingers in the NHL...Still, they play reasonable defense and have their assets and should play--at times...

But, you are also correct that this is mainly just noise in the equation right now...The bigger problem lies with failings of the top lines (guys like Gomez, Drury, Naslund) and D-men like Redden, Kalinin...guys playing above their line level.....and the absolute stench of the PP...And wrapped within that is Renney's coaching of a team that is just .500 since November 1st..

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