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01-12-2012, 08:50 AM
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True Blue
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It is not an annoited task that the 3rd line contain 40 point scorers. One of the staples of the Detroit teams was the Grind line. Draper, Maltby & McCarty. Draper hit 40 points once and a few more times in 30's. Maltby hit the 30 point plateau twice, and is NOT what some one would characterize as a points player. And let's not discuss the offensive capabilities of Darren McCarty. But the players served a role and did it very well.

The bottom 2 lines need not be for the forwards that are left out of the top-6. The bottom 2 lines have roles that teams that want to win, need to be filled. The current bottom 2 lines are filling those roles.

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