: Line Combos:
Time to change up the line combos?
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10-17-2010, 03:36 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lumberton, NJ
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I mean, who plays the halfboards is kind of independent of being a "center" or "wing." Richards and Leino work off the right side as left handed shots, whereas Briere, Carter, and Giroux work off the left side because they're right handed shots.
We've also been running an umbrella-type PP unit the last few years... so you have the one net man (Knuble/Hartnell) and then the roamer who slides in and out of the holes or the two-man game with whichever side you're working the puck from down low... and the high slot position comes out of the rotation from the wall (or the opposite side top guy sliding in to look for the shot off the pass).
Exactly. That's why I said where Giroux played on the PP is fairly irrelevant to where he was in the lineup.
I'm more interested in his open ice duties and back-checking duties. That's more what defines the center position. Offensively we know he won't be in front of the net even on even strength situations.
Giroux would be perfectly fine on the wing here. There is no necessity to have him play center. His numbers may not be as high as opposed to him being a center, but that's what happens.
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