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10-06-2012, 03:45 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
Could a case be made for a softer pull of the goalie earlier in the game? I.e. with five minutes left, replace the goalie with a stay-at-home defenceman. Instead of an empty net you'd have a player that might have a 50% save percentage but much better stick-handling than a goaltender. If said defenceman could restart the play quicker than a goaltender the offensive trailing team should be able to use more time attacking, leading to more scoring chances.

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