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03-19-2013, 12:38 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Québec, Québec
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Another problem being that Galchenyuk will have to start out with soft minutes at C to develop into the player we need him to be. Desharnais also needs that soft opposition. You do not give yourself 2 soft opposition centers inside your top 9 unless you're forced to, which we aren't.
It was working earlier this season when Prust - Galchenyuk - Gallagher was our "3rd" line. Plekanec will always be the one facing our opponents' top line... we might as well give him a sound and big two ways player like Eller on his wing.
Also (1) more often than not, Desharnais and Pacioretty are playing against our opponents' top ES D pairing while Plekanec goes against our opponents' top line and (2) you should not underestimate the importance of our 4th line: this line is, big thanks to Moen, defensively reliable.
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