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02-13-2013, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike Farkas View Post
Third line doesn't necessarily equal defensive line. Why does it have to? Especially in an "all star" format like this. 120 years of talent, but the third line has to be defensive players? It's not like teams make their third line the defensive line for fun, they do it because they're running out of scoring talent. Here, that doesn't occur, the fourth line could be a defensive line and the top 3 could be scoring lines and no one should look ****-eyed at that...hell, if someone doesn't want a defensive/checking line, don't have one...
I have always believed in building two-way units on the 3rd line. I like having a few forwards I can throw out there when I'm sitting on a lead or need to win an important defensive zone draw, but I've always believed that hockey games are won by scoring more goals than your opponent, emphasis on scoring goals. Checkers tend to be more effective when they can hold the puck for a while on offense, as well.

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