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12-08-2010, 11:54 AM
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Seth Lake
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Originally Posted by David Singleton View Post
If Leggy can handle normal minutes, it shouldn't be that hard.

Ice the following lines:

10-9-74
26-16-33
71/29-11-27
25-13-29/22

Go with that and you're good. Keeps the "hot" lines together, has two two-way lines (Goc and Leggy's) that can be even better by swapping 33 and 27 or 33 and 71 if Dumont plays, and a pretty good scoring line in 26-16-x. It also keeps a very strong energy line together.

There's no reason to hamper your offense even further by keeping any one of 25, 13, or 22 on a "scoring" line when you don't have to. You basically weaken two lines, plus ice a line that wouldn't score on Dickerson Road.

This team is the only team I've ever seen that has an offensively skilled player return from injury and it redeploys it's lineup to provide overall less offense.

It's maddening.
Overall, I largely agree, but...

We know Legwand is going to receive top minutes shadowing the Wings top line, but Dumont and Hornqvist on the wings don't really make that possible.

Ward and Smithson or Tootoo are a more likely combo for that role. Leaving the square pegs on the fourth line. Dumont and Hornqvist need a center with offensive skill. Spaling has not yet proven to be that man. Tootoo is likely uneffective vs. Detroit and has been fading into the background the last stretch. Dumont is in the doghouse and just doesn't fit as a fourth liner. Spaling is going to likely stay in the lineup for his PK skills. And then lastly, we've got Hornqvist coming off a 30 goal season and desperately needing to find linemates that can put the puck on the net.

Too many square pegs to sort out...

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