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01-04-2012, 11:46 AM
Jack de la Hoya
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Originally Posted by Snotbubbles View Post
This. Move Briere to wing.

Some version of this is ideal long-term (and, except for Simmonds-Read, matches my NHL 12 lines exactly), but I just don't see it happening.

Danny B seems to have a stone-cold lock on 2C, regardless of his inconsistent offensive production and consistently bad defense.

I call it the Jimmy Rollins effect--just as JRoll will always revert to the lead-off position, despite objective evidence to the contrary, so Danny will always end up centering the second line.

Given the choice between JVR or Schenn on the top line, I think it makes more sense to put Brayden there in Jagr's absence. Playing with Giroux should help him build on the confidence created from the WC goal. Let Couturier and Talbot play on the 3rd line together, and roll some combination of Harry Z, Rinaldo, etc. on the fourth. Stick JVR there for a few minutes a game, or send him to the Dr. to get sorted out. No sense in trying to force-feed Giroux and JVR, given how the latter is playing at the moment.

Something like:

JVR-Harry Z-Rinaldo / etc.

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