When did Datsyuk get demoted to the 4th line?
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03-09-2013, 06:47 PM
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Someone mentioned an interesting point on Reddit yesterday that basically said that Babs has setup Datsyuk's line as a shutdown line to the best offensive lines of the opposing team.
"Babcocks post game pretty much sums up why cleary and abby are with datsyuk despite their lack of points. He said he is using datsyuks like as a shutdown line against top lines neutralizing the oppositions best players. He is not relying on it for offense, he is relying on it to make sure other teams dont score. That sounds pretty Datsyukian to me. Maybe that is why the wings GA has been around 1.2 over the last 7 or 8 games and the other teams top guys cant manage to score on us. If you drag your mind away from the offense (only 1/2 of hockey) and look at the defense you see that a abby-pav-cleary line is an incredibly strong defensive unit.
Perhaps Babcock had a chat with Datsyuk in the last month about what its going to take to win games. Being the player that Datsyuk has been for the last 11+ years im sure he was more than willing to sacrifice the points to make sure they win games. Instead of playing with Tatar who would produce more points than abby/cleary but will give up more defensively."
Pretty good point, I'd say. Points are great from shutdown units, but if we can keep their team from scoring, while getting production from a good 1st and 3rd line...
Imo this 'kinda' makes sense...for a little bit... then you go "WTF" and realize it's complete BS.
Not only have Datsyuk's line been on the defense much, much, more than it usually is because of Cleary and Abby's inability to keep possession of the puck, it also hasn't produced anywhere near what it usually does.
There is no way you couldn't use Franzen/Andersson or even Tatar on Datsyuk's wing and still get great defense from the line, and also get some offense. Datsyuk has played with Holmstrom and Bertuzzi and the line still hasn't been a defensive liability and it has produced offensively.
If this is the way Babcock is thinking I honestly think the 'fire Babcock' people aren't crazy. We have a genius on our team, a virtuoso, one of the most gifted players of all time... and Babcock is putting two deadweights around his feet. Datsyuk is the best two-way forward in the league. TWO-WAY. You don't make him into a pure shutdown player.
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