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02-01-2011, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Little Fury View Post
So as I understand it, fourth liners are (per Gregor) immaterial on good teams and (per you) irrelevant on bad teams. So why have a fourth line at all?
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the 4th line can be important on good teams from time to time but a great 4th line is not crucial.

Come playoffs most 4th lines barely see any ice unless the team has a healthy lead. Why do you think that is? It's because they are the worst players on the team and

1. You don't want to get scored on
OR
2. You need to score a goal

So when NHL coaches barely play their 4th lines in the playoffs it tells you how important they are, doesn't it?

There's a reason a lot of 4th liners are called plugs. They plug a hole in the roster. That's why you have them. Now of course they are some 4th liners out there who do make meaningful contributions to their teams but not many.

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