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09-27-2012, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
With 4 forwards and 2 defensemen:
1st wave = 3 first liners + 1 second liner
2nd wave = 2 second liners + 2 third liners

With 5 forwards and 1 defenseman on the 1st wave:
1st wave = 3 first liners + 2 second liners
2nd wave = 1 second liner + 3 third liners + 1 4th liner or a 2nd defenseman

*I've seen the Devils go with 6 forwards back when the skill on their blueline was pitiful, but it was never very effective
I don't think those line structures are very optimal. Assuming two defenseman, something sensible would be:

First wave: 2 first liners + 1 second liner + 1 third liner (presumably a guy who can make space down low)
Second wave: 1 first liner + 2 second liners + 1 third liner

And if the team has puck possession the entire time, some players might even be able to stay out there the whole time.

Using a team like the Devils, this would equate to:

1st: Kovalchuk, Zajac, Zubrus, Sykora + Greene, Zidlicky

2nd: Henrique, Elias, Clarkson, Josefson + Larsson, Fayne

There's no significant drop off there.

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