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01-13-2013, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by RPGrizzly View Post
Remember Getz and Perry broke into the league as 20 year olds on the 4th line, same with Ryan, DSP. All highly touted rookies, each playing 11-12 minutes on the 4th line.
A big part of the reason that worked is the same thing that Carlyle gets criticized for: he was a line-matching fanatic. Getz-Perry-Fedoruk were micromanaged so that they could play against the opponents worst pairings, while McDonald-Selanne did the heavy lifting.

Boudreau supposedly doesn't worry about line-matching. I don't think that's entirely true, but it does make it harder to give a 4th line like Getz/Perry or Holland/Maroon (or Palmieri) decent minutes that don't destroy their confidence.

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