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01-01-2013, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Henkka View Post
At 2008 finals our line matching was Datsyuk+Zetterberg with Lebda-Lilja pairing, Filppula's 2nd line with Kronwall-Stuart and Lidström-Rafalski with either Draper's 3rd line or Helm's 4th line.

That's a perfect example how Lidström benefited playing "always" with Datsyuk and Zetterberg. That happened on the PP, but not ES.

Scotty Bowman did the exact same thing. Used the strongest defensive pairing with the weakest lines, to make a defensively balanced package. Of course Fedorov and Yzerman played many shifts together with Lidström, but when we used those weakest lines, Lidström was backing them.
I think you're misremembering things;
Check out this link:

This is what every team does with their best defensive defenceman, and you know it.
The Wings philosophy, going back to the Bowman days, has been to match offensive lines against offensive lines.
And the reason why it's successful is because our best offensive centers are also great defensive centers.
Yzerman. Fedorov. Datsyuk. Zetterberg.

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