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09-18-2012, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by sabrefan27 View Post
The 28th I believe. And yeah, OKC is going to be ridiculous.

Originally Posted by sabrefan27 View Post
Now that we know the whole lineup, this is my guess at what the opening night lines will look like:

Foligno - Hodgson - Tropp
Adam - Porter - Mancari
Girgensons - Varone - Rankin
Tarnasky - Schofield - Legault

McNabb - Pysyk
Brennan - Finley
Biega - Gauthier-Leduc

Looks about right. At least initially, I think they'll keep the Hodgson-Tropp pair together, and reunite Adam and Mancari to hopefully get Luke going early. I do think they'll try to integrate Sundher, though, even in a fourth line role, given that he's their only rising prospect.

Defensively, there's going to be a ton of competition. A healthy Schiestel playing like he was for Texas could probably break the top-6. I'd imagine they haven't given up on MacKenzie yet, either, as he was a versatile player for them before his serious injury last season. And Crawford is in the mix, as well. I think there's going to be a short leash on a chunk of those guys; if they have a rough game, they may be in the press box the next night.

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