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02-26-2013, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by EvenSteven View Post
With the return of Faksa on Friday, the big question is how the lines will look down the stretch. Spott has already said Sterk will move to the wing, so with that in mind, here's how I'd like to see the lines look:

Thomson - Rieder - Leivo
Puempel - Faksa - Bailey
Sterk - Marcantuoni - Shoenmakers
Pederson - Meighan - Ming

This gives us three lines that can score.

- Thomson played with Rieder and Leivo on the weekend and they looked really good together.

- Ditto Bailey with Puempel. Bailey can easily skate with the big guns on the top 6 and him being there strengthens the bottom 6.

- That third line is a threat to score. There's a lot of skill there.

- I doubt Spott puts Pederson on the 4th line but I feel Sterk has a better shot keeping up with MM and Pederson's presence on the 4th line creates a pretty good shut down line.

I like your lines except for one switch that you saw yourself. I would switch Sterk and Pedersen for the only reason as Pedersen creates space and drives to the net. That would make that a hungry line. I would not worry to much about keeping up with Matia, he pretty much takes it to the net himself when he has the puck even when someone is with him. Getting that body to create space and get the puck to him I can see having more value. And I also think Pedersen has outplayed Sterk for most of the year.

I think that second line should re-ignite Faksa coming back as well. The hands that all three have should make goaltenders have a fit.

First line, Leivo and Rieder seem to be that deadly combo and with Thompson doing the dirty work.

And the fourth line I could also see Llewellyn and Alberga rotating in and out with Ming and Meighan. Especially Darby to get him some playing time going forth.

All in all, we are finally getting to see a healthy forward group...this should be good going into the playoffs.

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