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04-29-2013, 03:36 PM
Kriss E
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Originally Posted by SouthernHab View Post
Nowhere does it say that.

However, it is smart to have a line that is defensive oriented to play against the other team's 2nd line. And Eller, Gally and Chuckie did a great job playing against Grabovski's line.

Would you rather have DD given responsibility against Grabo? I wouldnt.

And in kind, Toronto preferred to play the Colburn line with Lupul and Kulemin against DD since that line is more defensively oriented.

Fans can call a line by whatever number they choose and it is irrelevant. What is relevant is that you need to have a damned good defensive line to play against a team's 2nd line. And you have your best two way center (Pleks) play against the other team's top line.

Eller has been doing a great job for the Habs. Eller being given more of a priority on defense is not a bad thing for this club. It helps us to win games like last night. And when his line scores goals, its an even better result for the Habs.
I still don't understand why you can't have Eller as the 2nd line center, play versus the opponent's top 2 line, and Plek versus the top.
You have DD on the 3rd line getting easier match ups.

Nothing would change in terms of match ups, only ice time will go up for Eller, and lower for DD.

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