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01-29-2013, 10:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Lshap View Post
I may be misunderstanding this debate, but people are knocking Desharnais for racking up 60 pts against 'easy' minutes. But why would a coach give his top-scoring line hard minutes?

Isn't the point of line matchups to try to get your best-scoring line on the ice with the opposition's weakest line? Wouldn't that same 'easy minutes' argument apply to most teams' high-scoring lines?
Most top lines don't get managed like DD did unless they are very defensively suspect. He was comparable to how rookie RNH and struggling Ovechkin was getting used. Modern top lines usually have some kind of power vs power element to their usage.

A soft minutes offensive line is typically a 2nd or 3rd offensive unit and not a primary one. Its tremendously effective at making a good ES team when you have the depth to have one after you've stacked up 2 hard minutes lines. This was the key to MTL's temporary 5 on 5 dominance at the beginning of 2011-12 and why those Philly teams with Richards, Carter, Giroux and Briere were so consistently dangerous.

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