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01-31-2013, 11:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Northern Neighbour View Post
Look at a team like Ottawa. They have 2 pretty good scoring lines, and their third line consists of Zach Smith, Chris Neil, and Colin Greening. This line is sound defensively, provides a ton of energy when they're on the ice, and have chipped offensively (10 total points between the 3 of them). Often when the Sens are down or the momentum is shifting, Paul MacLean puts this line out to get the momentum back, and they often succeed.

Some games, you win with skill, but there are games where you need to grind out wins. Sure it helps to have top-6 forwards that are skilled and gritty, but it also helps to have a 3rd- and/or 4th-line that can set a physical tone, make hits to shift the momentum, and just be able to wear down the opposing team's defensive corps.
I disagree most you win with skill some you win with grit, my main point is who would you add and take away?

Also that is really only 2 overly physical players we have Glencross and Iginla isn't super physical but as much as Smith is so your telling me 1 more physical player and we are a much better team? I don't buy it

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