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02-25-2013, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Jussha View Post
its fine and dandy that is working out ok like that right now, but lets say the wings do manage to make it into the playoffs, I think it will be very easy to shut them down come playoff time when the whistles go away and the defense tightens up, you basically just hound Datsyuk and that line will be worthless. At least with Tatar and him building some chemistry right now, I think at least in the playoffs that line would be harder to shut down with another option who seems to be able to create his own offense with little amounts of space.
By the same token, if they're hounding Datsyuk (and Z), that makes it all the more important our third line produces. And if the third line is producing, it'll force teams to work harder to defend them...taking some attention away from the other lines.

With the playoffs, though, I'm not sure it matters what we do if we don't get at least a little healthier.

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