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01-25-2010, 12:26 AM
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Originally Posted by go_habs_go View Post
Michael Cammalleri - Tomas Plekanec - Andrei Kostitsyn
Brian Gionta - Scott Gomez - Benoit Pouliot
Sergei Kostitsyn - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Travis Moen - Maxim Lapierre - Eric Neilson / MA Bergeron

Very doable and would go far IMO in the playoffs ..
I'm not saying your lineup is bad at all, but here's the thing : a contending team needs one (more is better) of three things to win it all : star power (a la Chicago, San Jose, Pitt, Wash), one of the best checking line and a reliable goaltender. Sure, there is a lot of factors and intangibles, but every team needs one asset like this, along with a good team.

As of right now, there is around 20 teams that can beat each other on any given night.

The Montreal case is special : we don't know if we have a steady and reliable goalie or two, we have «kinda» star power and we have nothing that's near a checking line. But, we're not that far away from being a good and respected team.

Now, when Andrei's gonna get healthy, for the first time of the year, the Habs are gonna have two great lines that can score every night. So, come playoff time, if the shutdown pairing is playing against the Pleks line, well Gomez and friends would have to produce, and that's what they are doing since three weeks. Maybe they won't have star power like the team I've mentioned, but the balance, chemistry and offensive production of those 2 lines can carry the team.

As for goaltenders, we know that the team is playing well with Halak. Is he the man? Maybe for this year...

And for the checking line. Travis Moen played with Sami Palhsson and Rob Niedermayer : the best checking line in 2006-2007 (the TSN Panel said that before they won the cup). They outsmarted the line of Alfredsson, Spezza and Heatley. Now, if we can bring a center, who will know his role, who won't steal the job of someone in the top 6, who is recognize for his defensive play, well that would be better.

What I'm trying to say is that If the Habs bring another top-6 guy and he robs the spot of an «establish» player in the PP, well that's gonna cause some ***** in the team chemistry. That's why bringing an establish scorer to a third line isn't a great idea.

Bringing a solid third line center, with Sergei (he could be the guy that replaces somebody in the top 6 if there's an injury) and Moen, you'll have a solid team. And, that third line center would be in the first PK, to give Pleks more time to rest and more offensive responsibilities.

PK :
Pahlsson/Belanger - Moen
Gill - Gorges

Sergei - Lapierre
Hammer - O'byrne

It's really important for players to know their roles. There is a reason why Jordan Staal is so appreciated in Pitt, why the Hawks went and signed John Madden, etc.

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