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04-13-2011, 02:53 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyerX View Post
I would expect Lavy to try to run Hartnell-Briere-Leino against your Connolly line. Reason being, Leino is a very effective defensive forward when he's not trying to do too much in the offensive zone and turning the puck over. I think he'll be the guy to try to contain Vanek.

It will be interesting to see if he flips Carter back to center considering Boyes and Gaustad have some size. If there's a sleeper forward you might have to watch out for, it's JVR.

I think the key is the center position. I like my Flyers much better down the middle, but Richards, Briere and Giroux/Carter have to go out their and outplay their counterparts.
I hesitate to call Boyes a big center, he's got an average NHL stature but he doesn't play big at all. Add into the fact that Boyes has played wing with St. Louis for most of the season, and you shouldn't have to change anything.

Clearly, the Flyers are the stronger team down the middle, that was quite the coming out party for Giroux in last years playoffs and obviously he's not a fluke. The changes in Ruff's system since Roy went down with a torn muscle, don't rely heavily on the centers to provide play making. The Sabres lead the attack on their wings usually, and the centers focus more on playing defense. The centers are usually the last ones out of the d-zone and the first ones out of the o-zone. So while they are less talented, less is being asked of them offensively too, but I don't expect either team to dominate this series with defensive play.

In fact, I'm hoping Miller will be the great equalizer.

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