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02-24-2013, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Barrie22 View Post
the zone entry is terrible on every line, couture can't do nothing, marleau can't do anything, pavs can barely do anything, boyle can't do anything, 3rd and 4th lines do i really need to say it? lol

with the curling back so every one can catch up isn't a telling point there? what is he supposed to do, go 1 against 2 or 3? with no support?
They just don't have the horses for a transition game. They have far too many guys that are slow or average and that's not going to get it done trying to run and gun even a little bit. And the lower lines don't have any speed guys that can stick-handle well at high speed. Sheppard is probably the best but he has problems skating and stick-handling but he's good stationary with the puck.

For now, the coaches need to give more help to the 3rd line at least by putting one of your top four producers on that line...likely Pavelski. Put as much speed as you can on his wings and Thornton's wings and hope for the best.

Sheppard-Thornton-Wingels
Marleau-Couture-Havlat
Kennedy/Galiardi-Pavelski-Burish

Handzus has definitely played better but he simply cannot carry the play when his wingers are two of Wingels, Galiardi, Burish, Sheppard or Desjardins. He should be put on the 4th line where they get likely the easiest matchups and just make him a PK specialist.

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