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05-26-2012, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by hockeyball View Post
Holy crap Vaasa, that is one slow ass team. Pavelski JT and Couture on one line would be probably the slowest top line in the NHL lol.
It's a relatively slow top-line, but it's not a slow team. The 2nd-line is significantly above average in speed and is exactly what you want for high-pressure offensive line. Size, speed, scoring ability, and good defensive skills.

The top line is slow, but any line is slow with JT on it. Having Marleau on his line has done nothing to counter-act how slow JT plays. So the first line is designed to play to JT's strength. You have very-high quality 2-way forwards in Couture and Pavelski. You have 3 face-off men so JT can continue to cheat. You have two wingers who can put up 30-goals. As long as the defensive pair behind them has decent speed, Pavs and Couture are fast enough to come back to cover the upper zone.

The rest of the team is generally average in speed. Just remember, the Blues aren't exactly a team full of speedsters and they shut the Sharks down. Speed is not critical in some cases. And if the opposition has fast lines, put the 2nd line on their best line with speed, and the 3rd or 4th on the next quality line. The JT line should be able to still overcome any issues, and it's letting Marleau get back to playing a speed game, lets Mach 9 play a high-speed game as he wants, and lets Nash play a more up-tempo, offensive game, where he should be best.

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