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08-31-2011, 07:22 PM
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Fourth lines

The value of a 4th line is determined more by how it is going to be used than strictly the value of the personnel on the line. Eden Hall's 4th line will be used as a grinding, shutdown line similarly to how Detroit used their own Grind Line in the past

Offense = small advantage Philadelphia

Dudley and Johnson are the best offensive players on either team's 4th line so why only a small advantage to Philadelphia? With few exceptions, the offensive effectiveness of a line depends largely on the ability of the center to distribute the puck, and Yelle is an offensive nobody.

Defense = big advantage Eden Hall

Yelle is a very good defensive player, but Patey is even better. Tippett and McKay are excellent checkers, while Philadelphia's wings are not known for their defensive ability, are they?

Grit = advantage Eden Hall (amount depending on how gritty Johnson is)

Always important for fourth lines.

Randy McKay (EH) is a true heavyweight, racking up 1731 PIMs over a 15 year career. A member of the aptly named "Crash Line" in 1995, he grew into a bigger role, but never changed his style.

Dudley (Phila) seems like the next most gritty player, more of a middleweight, but definitely a 4th line style guy.

Patey (EH) played an aggressive style, as well.

Johnson (Phila) seems like a hard worker, but has low PIMs. Can you provide more info about his grit?

Yelle and Tippett are not soft players, but are not here for grit. More like penalty killing specialists.

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