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11-11-2012, 11:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Rutabaga View Post
Bourque and Plekanec shouldnt play together.
Plekanec is suited to play a shutdown role, which is absolutely not the strongest part of Bourque's game.
Gionta is also a question mark at this stage, and at 33, he shouldnt be relied on either, regarding the most difficult matchups. And since the only other options (for wingers) are Pacioretty and Cole, you have no choice but to split them up.

Having a good exploitation line is fine and cool, but when you dont have any true trio ready to matchup against the best players of the opponent, its one step forwards and two step backs.

There is a lot of good reasons if none of the teams are using such a setup when they're short on good wingers.
Plekanec was able to put up 50 points by playing with different 3rd-4th line wingers last year. His offensive ability shouldn't be wasted like that. Sure he should still play a shutdown role, but only in crucial moments such as preserving a 1 goal lead, playing on the PK and such.
We have plenty other players in the team that can do a good job shutting down top lines in the meanwhile. Maybe not as good as Plekanec can, but we need him to play as a 2-way center, not as a defensive center.
Gionta may be 33 years old, but he's still got a few years of hockey left in him.


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