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08-20-2012, 06:43 PM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by HawkeyeCB View Post
Pacioretty - Plekanec - Cole would be a good line (I'm not sure it would be any better, scoring wise, than the one we have this year though). But it also depletes our team even more than using Plekanec on the second line. Then again, 75% of the board here wants to tank anyway.
Its offense is probably equivalent, the defense superior. The big thing is that its a line you can hide other lines behind rather than use in specific situations. It puts the weaker parts of the lineup in better positions to succeed.

With a guy like Plekanec you want to force the other team to match their best against him by making him a real scoring threat to go along with his defense. Which was why it was important to have Cammalleri and/or Kostitsyn there with him before. Pacioretty is the best bet in to make that happen. He isn't a big matchup threat with Bourque or Moen on his left wing.

I'd think it would be better to switch Gionta with Cole and keep Cole with Desharnais though.

Plekanec doesn't make players into better scorers, he makes scorers into better two-way players so his linemates should reflect that.

Desharnais however is really good at squeezing out offense from his linemates but not so much good at controlling the balance of play, so his linemates and usage should reflect that.

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