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01-30-2013, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by optimuspaul View Post
I'm still not too keen on the Mule-Z-Brunner line simply because it takes our 3 most trigger happy forwards and bunches them on one line instead of spreading them out.
Maybe swap Fil and Brunner, that way Hank gets some help on D which he isn't really getting from Mule or Brunner, and Pav gets a right handed shot who loves to shoot.
Why in the world would anyone want to move Filppula off of Datsyuk's wing after having 5 pts the past 3 games with him?

I think people (and I'm not just ranting at you, it's a general sense that I get) are way too much under the impression that shoot first player with pass first player is the end all be all in hockey. It's not. It's the most overrated thing in line combos IMO. Puck possession is the key for a guy like Pavel, so when you find a couple wingers that know how to play alongside him, you don't touch it until you're forced to.

For Detroit to be at their best this year, Datsyuk has to be the star. If he's not himself this team won't make the playoffs. You have to give him the assets to succeed. After years of babysitting Holmstrom, I don't think Babcock can take that approach anymore. Pavel can't be used as a safeguard, he has to keep him going on all cylinders this season.

BTW, I'd take pass first Joe Thornton alongside Datsyuk anyway of the week over the majority of snipers in the league.

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