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11-02-2012, 08:28 AM
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Third and Fourth Lines

Overpass, interesting points and perspectives as usual.

Consider the impact of a team's third and fourth line depth and talent.

1975 SC Finalists had a very solid third line McNab/Dudley/Lorentz with reasonable fourth line support:

but Dudley left for the WHA and a season later McNab was traded to Boston. The Sabres became a two line team with some interesting third liners who started getting moved up out of their niche once injuries struck Richard Martin and Danny Gare.Greater concentration of offensive production resulted.

Canadiens throughout Gainey's career had four lines with solid offence and defence from the forwards throughout. This allowed the coaches greater flexibility especially in adjusting defensive responsibilities for the forwards and spread offensive production.

The smaller rink issue. Following applies regardless of rink size.

The five skaters on a team form a pentagon which features various triangles. Key to defence and offence is maintaing proper separation at all times. Some skaters can do this regardless of the size of the rink, some cannot.

This was and still is a problem for Europeans coming into the NHL just as it was and is for NA players going over to play in Europe or other international venues. Likewise in the old NHL before the standardized, cookie cutter rinks.

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