What about Gionta?
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02-22-2013, 12:27 AM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bound Kingdom
While we're throwing out line combos, when Brendan gets back, promote him to the top line since he'd been earning it before his concussion (but maybe take a few games before pushing him up there in case he's not ready for that much ice-time yet, we can leave Gionta up there and slot Prust in with Cole/Galchenyuk while keeping Armstrong on the bottom line wing, all until Gallagher's ready to play more minutes).
Give Eller his shot at 2C with two linemates that have chemistry of their own, especially now that they seem to be finding their game again. In this sense, the top 2 lines may as well both be top lines if Eller handles it well. That could save Plekanec some ice-time at ES if we happen to be having an undisciplined game where he has to work the PK a lot.
Shove Cole and Gionta down to the 3rd line and let Galchenyuk have some veteran (though underperforming) linemates. They are still somewhat hard-working vets, so maybe an injection of youthful energy and a different centre will spark them. Gionta needs it though because, as this thread is mainly about him, what he's been doing so far just hasn't been working, and at least every other player has started to find his game.
The bottom line I think is pretty good, and White's been doing well in the faceoff circle (seemingly, I didn't check the stats, but him and Prust are interchangeable at centre/wing).
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