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2013 Line Combos Thread II
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03-19-2013, 11:27 AM
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Chi-Town, Il
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I know Coyle scored, but I have not been a big fan of him on the top line. I LOVE what he brings from a physical standpoint, the boards, the net, everywhere. But he's just not developed yet offensively and it feels like he's holding that line back.
Also, and TAK will love this, I haven't seen as much out of Parise offensively since his fast start. He's had a couple nice games lately, but the whole month of February he had five points. Six goals since the first five games. I'd like to see more from him.
Look at what happened to Parise's shots on goal before and after Coyle came back:
Before: 4.6 shots per game
After: 2.9 shots per game
Big drop in shots = big drop in scoring chances = less potential for scoring
I would like to see this:
Parise - Koivu - Bouchard
Zucker - Cullen - Setoguchi
Heatley - Brodziak - Clutterbuck
Mitchell - Konopka - Rupp
I think Butch with two workers makes him less of a liability and his puck possession skills and hopefully if it's coming around his playmaking can create more opportunities for his linemates. I want to see Zucker back up on that second line where he can get scoring chances.
I completely agree that these lines could do better than what we currently have.
It is cool to see Coyle, but I agree he is not ready for that top line duty. He doesn't mean to, and he works his butt off pretty well, which I appreciate, but he does drag that line down. They have not been effective at all with him on it, and that line really needs to be.
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