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01-10-2013, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by SingnBluesOnBroadway View Post
It's not just a question of offense it's balancing the lines, as well. We saw what Hagelin-Richards-Gaborik did together. That's because each had a role, knew it and did it. Break up Nash and Gaborik and you have two lines that, at least on paper, have that same balance. Again, put Nash and Gaborik on separate lines creates match up problems for opposing teams. Which line do you match your checking line against?

Why have a 1-2 punch when you can have a 1a-1b punch?
As the opposition, I think having to defend against a line that has Nash on one side and Gaborik on the other is going to create problems. You put one superstar on a line and you can single him out. I think it's a lot harder when you have 2 of them on the ice at the same time, especially with a center like Richards in the middle.

I *think* i'd rather have a knockout punch, followed by a second punch than a balanced 1-2 punch. I'm sure Torts will exhaust all options a billion times though.

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