Habs don't need 4th line goons...
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06-16-2011, 08:53 PM
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Mathman - I guess you didn't watch the game closely last night. In the 1st 5 min. of the game the Canucks were taking it Bruins, except when Julien put the 4th line out. All of a sudden the puck was in the Vancouver end and the D was getting punished. Vineault put the twins out against them and they spent a shift in their own end with their faces pressed up against the glass. After that the twins never were put out against the 4th line. Julien had no fear to roll them out on a regular shift.
The Bruins had a perfect 4th line - 2 of them were their best penalty killers so they know how to play defense and won't hurt the team no matter who they play against. They just won't score any. They allowed the Bruins to run 4 lines which became a problem for Vancouver since they are primarily a 3 line team. Over the course of a series the Bruins wore down the opposition. It was how they approached all of the series.
The Habs use their best players to kill penalties - in the playoffs this just wears them out when they need to conserve their strength for offense. They would be much better served to build a PK specialist 4th line which by definition would be defensively responsible. This would shift some of the minutes of the best players from preventing goals, to scoring them. It also has the benefit of keeping them fresher throughout the season and HEALTHIER.
Is Blair Betts available? -he is a perfect 4th line PK specialist that you build the 4th line around.
A guy like Weber? Who alternates in Defence too?
This is why I wanna have Desharnais on the 3rd line with Eller and Kostityn. The lil' devil has too much talent to be wasted on what could be a conservative 4th line. Plus, I believe he would be a great addition to the relatively heavy duo. 2 playmakers, 2 talented forward, 1 highly skilled but relatively.. mentally challenged when things don't turn his way.
I believe success can come from our 3rd and 4th line, supported by an offence-oriented blueline. If we achieve that, we only need a relatively better punch from our Top-6, and that's going to happen very easily with Patch in the lineup, Gomez having a marginally better season (I believe he will bounce back).
Gomez merely had to have 10 more goals, he would still had a sub-par year, but it would have made a helluva difference through the entire season.
So... who do we need on the 4th line? I nominate Weber, as a 7th defensemen too. Maybe PP/PK specialist.
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