Thread: Speculation: Acq/ Rost. Bldg./ Cap Part XVI
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01-07-2013, 12:38 PM
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I'm interested to see if we see the OV-Backstrom combo or split the two...

I've waffled on the issue myself, but I lean toward the "split them up" tactic because of the stats that show OV and Riberio both thriving on offensive zone starts against weaker competition (link to article below). With Backstrom and Laich centering two other lines, I think they would both be more defensively responsible, with Laich's line being matched against the top line of the other team.

My opinion on all of this could change based on the system that Oates employ's. I didn't watch the Devils enough last year to understand the details.

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