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03-20-2013, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Barrie22 View Post
not really, because missing even just 1 person throws off the teams entire chemistry. you have certain players/lines that just don't get touched. and for the most part they do not get touched. ex:thornton and marleau who have for the most part been together for the entire season outside of maybe a few periods and at most a game or 2.
IMO, TM is trying to play a matchup game with Couture, JT, Marleau and Pavs. When he goes Marleau/Pavs and JT/Couture, he is trying to put pressure on teams with only one defensive stopper pair. Shooting for balanced offense between his top lines. When TM does Marleau/JT/Pavs, TM is going for an overwhelming first line.

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