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02-23-2013, 11:11 AM
Et le But
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Originally Posted by Maelpj View Post
If you can't understand how a third line player play against less competition than a first line player, discussing any further is pretty pointless.
Because the term "first" and "third" are used by fans in an arbitrary way to rank lines on offensive output? Last year the media kept calling the DD line the "first" line, but it was the Plekanec line that typically lined up agaisnt the opposition's best line, and Eller's line was often used against second lines. Last year's "third" line was used for defensive purposes, the year before that, Desharnais was used in a "third" line for scoring. If there's anything pointless, it's the "first" and "third" line titles.

This year Desharnais is getting more difficult quality of competition though; if anything his line is being used against second line competition to shelter Galchenyuk. He's still getting primarily offensive zone starts, but unlike last year, his quality of competition is not weaker than Eller's.

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