René Lecavalier Divisional Seminfinals: Hartford vs. Lada
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04-17-2012, 11:56 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Seat of the Empire
I'll try to get into it more tomorrow.
However, one thing I'd like to note - with home ice advantage, and with Lavi being a line-matcher par excellance, I plan to have the following matchups when possible: 3rd vs. Lada's 1st, 1st vs. 2nd, 2nd vs. 4th, 4th vs. 3rd. I realize it won't be easy to get these matchups all the time, and extra hard at road, but that's the plan.
The last three are fairly obvious - in each case my line would be the offensively superior and should be able to roll over the opposing line. My 3rd vs. Lada's 1st is a bit of deviation - the purpose is not to shut down Lada's offense, but rather to grind them down when able to, and to troll Clarke as hard as humanly possible, goading him into either a fight (obviously bad trade-off) or stupid retaliatory penalty (obvious win). Risebrough, O'Reilly and Morrow are all born for this. It's matchup that won't outscore your line, but should be able to take Clarke off his game and into the penalty box as much as any line.
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