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07-02-2010, 12:57 AM
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Originally Posted by SLake View Post
That lineup sucks. This team has potential...

Sullivan - Wilson - Hornqvist
Kostitsyn - Legwand - Erat
Andersson - O'Reilly - Dumont
Ward - Goc - Tootoo
Spaling - Smithson - Belak
There's so much uncertainty in that lineup, though. Every center except Goc has major questions, whether it's age/experience or ability. Kostitsyn and Andersson are being thrust into roles they probably aren't ready for, and that's assuming that they play for us at all.

If those things fall through, we're depending on our first line to deliver the goods. Interesting note: no player in the Predators' 11 NHL seasons has ever scored 30 goals twice. Which means, in short, we're probably torched if we have more than one player who fails to meet your expectations.

All it takes is one good free agent forward who can score 20 goals and things change dramatically. We go from:

20-15-30
15 (and that's pretty generous for Kostitsyn)-12-20
10-10-15
10-10-6

... to...

20-15-30
20-12-20
15-10-15
10-10-6

For a team like us, that extra five goals could mean as much as ten points' difference in the standings. It takes the pressure off of Kostitsyn and Andersson to produce, which is especially key for Kostitsyn, who hasn't scored 15 goals for any one team since he left London, and hasn't scored 15 combined at the AHL and NHL levels since his rookie year. It makes us tougher to match up against defensively, and it might also just get Legwand going offensively. If we can do that and get 15-18 goals out of him, that would make us a definite playoff team if our goaltending holds out.

As things stand right now, our season will ride almost entirely on the shoulders of Rinne to win us a lot of 1-0 and 2-1 games, and he's probably going to face quite a few shots each night. Those results almost never go in our favor...

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