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03-27-2011, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by overpass View Post
Reen could look to last year's Chicago Blackhawks for a team that went with three "offensive" lines and a defensive fourth line. All top 3 lines had at least a 1.5 ratio of offensive zone faceoffs to defensive zone faceoffs. And the fourth line with John Madden took almost twice as many d-zone draws as o-zone draws. It helped that the Hawks were a great puck possession team.

I think you need at least one strong two-way line in your top 3 lines that can go against the other team's best, though. Chicago had that.
Chicago had the hossa line, which I assume is the two way line you are talking about. But they also had toews centering the top line who is apparently good enough defensively to be drafted here.

That's more defense than reen has on his scoring lines, at least so far

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