: Line Combos:
Time to change up the line combos?
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10-17-2010, 01:52 PM
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I don't feel as though Giroux and Zherdev have the same chemistry they showed during the pre-season, so I think
Would be better right now, that change wouldn't overhaul the offense, but it might give the team some more flow. And stop putting Giroux at wing people, hes a center.
Chemistry is missing and something has to give. We have 8 top 6 forwards and 4 4th liners. Further, 4 of the 8 are centers. Whatever is the 1rst line vs the 3rd line is irrelevant at this point.
Whatever the top 3 are, I would prefer rotating whoever is hot instead of Nodl/Carcillo and their 6.5 minutes of waste. It will not help chemistry, but this team at least has to find pairs that work.
Carter works with no one. He did work with Hartnell (and Lupul) at one point.
Briere and Leino work, but need Hartnell or possibly JVR to go to the net hard.
Giroux seems to work with JVR, but as another poster said, might with Richards.
Zherdev has worked with no one since the preseason.
That leads to many possible combinations, but as we all know, not one that fits perfectly.
Hartnell/Carter/Zherdev is similar to the old line with Lupul. That would leave JVR needed on the Briere/Leino line and leave Richards or Giroux to play center and rotate JVR who is playing well now and possibly Zherdev or Hartnell later.
That is my random guess unless Maroon or Testwuide show enough to warrant a shot.
If you are willing to put Carcillo or Nodl up, mind as well just put Betts or Powe who are more reliable defensively and less likely to take stupid penalties. (Lavy does need them to kill penalties though).
Bottom line is I have no Fn idea and it is a random guess. Lavy might start taking some of those soon.
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