Thread: Line Combos: Playoff Line Combos
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04-14-2013, 02:10 AM
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Mike Richards OWNED Kesler last year
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Kesler was hurt.
There's the injury thing...

But also, most players on the Kings owned somebody on the Canucks last year. And the fact that Kesler vs. Richards was often the matchup, is...not the sort of 'shutdown' role i'd want to see Kesler playing, the sort where he really thrives. A healthy Kesler, is 100% the guy i want head to head with Kopitar, as often as is reasonably possible.


I'm going by what these guys are capable of...and we've seen that Kesler can be an elite 'matchup guy', who can break even or come out on top of matchups against guys like Toews, Thornton, etc.

And in terms of linemates, that ability is still maximized with Raymond+Hansen on Kesler's wings. Roy line playing 'softer' minutes, Sedins automatically draw the 'defensive go-tos' of whatever team. Obviously it's shaken up a bit, if we come up against another less conventional team like say Detroit.

But as a whole, i still stand by:

Sedin-Sedin-Burrows (works better than anything else)
Raymond-Kesler-Hansen (so much speed, and a line you can depend on defensively)
Higgins-Roy-Kassian (chemistry and big bodies to shield Roy a bit)
Pinizzotto-Lappy-Weise (crash, bang, harass, antagonize)

Hamhuis-Bieksa (proven chemistry)
Edler-Garrison (someone responsible to babysit Edler)
Ballard-Tanev (proven chemistry and as reliable a bottom-pairing as you're gonna get)

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