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02-16-2010, 02:35 PM
Coach Travis
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Originally Posted by Reign Nateo View Post
The top 3 lines are going to see pretty much the same ice-time. Numbering lines is someting only fans and media do. They'll all play.

Bergeron is a good choice for Crosby and Nash because he's responsible at both ends of the rink and he and Crosby have had chemistry in the past. Nash doesn't play defence and he doesn't need to in this tournament. We need him and Crosby to dominate while Bergeron back-checks. Makes perfect sense.

Probably the 5-on-5 time will be divided pretty evenly between the top 3, along with those players getting the bulk of the Powerplay, with the "checking line" some even-strength but those players more utilized on the PK. The one exception I could see is Iginla being used on the PP (and not at all on the PK) and Bergeron playing on the PK (but not at all on the PP).

But I'm not sure what they'll do about the Powerplay? Maybe...

PP1: Nash-Crosby-Iginla
PP2: Heatley-Thornton-Marleau

...but then what about Getzlaf, Perry, and Staal? Will Canada have any forwards play the point?

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