Thread: Line Combos: How can we improve the bottom six?
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11-13-2011, 03:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Chazz Reinhold View Post
If you're going to be a dick to someone, you should at least know what YOU'RE talking about. The only time Lewis ended up playing with Brown (and Smyth) last season was after Kopitar broke his ankle.

Murray put Lewis between Smyth and Brown starting in the third period of the game against the Avalanche. Result? 1 goal and 1 assist for Lewis.,2,1117

They played the next game as a line against Edmonton. Result? 2 assists for Lewis (on the only 2 goals of the game, which were Brown's).,2,1143

That line stayed together for the next game against the Canucks, where a sweet embellishment by Kesler -- while the Canucks already were on a 5 minute power play -- gave the Canucks a late 5-on-3 power play (sound familiar minus the late part?), and the Canucks won 3-1. The Smyth-Lewis-Brown line did not record a point that game.,2,1158

What did Murray do after that game? Put Lewis on the fourth line with Ponikarovsky and Westgarth. Don't believe me?

So, no, it wasn't "more like five Points in ten Games," nor was it like "The First four games they were together was ok. The last Six, one point and minus four for Lewis."

Lewis played 2 full games and 1 third period on a line with Smyth and Brown, and he put up a respectable 1 goal and 3 assists, and a +3 rating. After they didn't get on the board against the best team in the NHL at the time, Murray played line combo roulette and ended up putting Lewis back on the fourth line, even though his line had generated the most offense in the short amount of time they played together.

Since you said it first: "if you're going to talk Sh^% at least have it correct."
If my memory serves me, Lewis couldn't win a god damn faceoff, which lead to his demotion. He went one-for-seven against the Canucks, one-for-twelve against the Oilers, and I can't find his faceoff stats against Colorado, but he combined with other Kings aside from Handzus and Stoll to lose 17 of 27 draws. At the very least, he was 2 for 19 in his two full games, a whopping 10% on the draws.

With that said, I think Lewis has a lot of untapped offensive creativity and potential and his two games with Brown and Smyth prove it. We just ought to use him on right wing instead of center. Hell, even this season, Lewis is only 41% on draws. Richardson is at 74%! Small sample size, sure, but even last year, Richardson was almost 51% on draws while Lewis was barely even 39%. If you were to play Lewis on a line with Richardson and Loktionov, magic would ensue.

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