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01-09-2013, 09:19 PM
knorthern knight
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Originally Posted by Bob E View Post
The wild card for the Jets seems to be away victories. Assuming they continue to play well at home, they will need to have a better record on the road.
It's not about home fan support, it's about getting the last line change. Last year, Winnipeg had one genuine 1st/2nd line. They had a 3rd line playing as 2nd, and a 4th playing as 3rd. When the opposing team got the last line change, we were screwed. This year we'll have more than 1 line, so we shouldn't be as badly outmatched on line changes on the road, and will hopefully see better results on the road.

An interesting strategy might be starting the season a few AHL tweeners plus Mark Schiefele, who will all be in mid-season form. Let 3 "regulars" be "healthy scratches", whilst they work their way back into shape. After about 9 or 10 games (3 weeks or so) we can return to a more regular lineup once all the regulars are in shape. A good start, versus last season's atrocious start, could be the difference to making it into the playoffs.

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