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05-02-2013, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Fitzy View Post
Teams looks pretty doggone even on paper to me. Washington has a clearly better 4th line, our 3rd pairing is stronger IMO.

Match Stepan line with the Backstrom line, and the Richards line with the Ribeiro line.

Make sure no one takes stupid, aimless penalties.

I've not always been sold on the Hagelin-Stepan-Callahan line, as I've felt that Stepan should play with Nash. But they make for a formidable shutdown line that still will score on you.

Stepan is the Adv. Stats Selke winner, Callahan one of the better defensive wingers, and Hagelin is a great possession player that will force the opposition to chase the puck around their own zone. If we can ensure that this line goes up against Ovechkin's line, Ovechkin's line will likely be a minus line for the Caps.

I am however worried for the Zucc-Richards-Nash line if they end up against the OV line. Zucc is a great possession player, but neither of the three is very adept in their own end. This could become a problem on the road.

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