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10-21-2006, 08:11 AM
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PattyRoy
 
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Originally Posted by NRG87 View Post
I would personally keep Ryder on the 1st line.

I'm not confident that he will be as productive playing without Koivu.

I feel that Higgins, on the other hand, is capable of being effective with or without Koivu. Even though he's been dynamite with Koivu, I think the team should temporarily dismantle the first line in order to help the team's scoring balance.

I would swap Samsonov with Higgins...that could be something worth trying. I think Samsonov needs to play with Captain K to get his game going. Sammy would benefit from being with two guys who play with fire every game. In the meantime, Higgins will provide some of that much needed fire to the second line.

I would try the following:

Samsonov-Koivu-Ryder
Higgins-Plekanec-Kovalev
Perezhogin-Bonk-Johnson
Latendresse-Begin-Murray

or maybe even:

Samsonov-Koivu-Ryder
Perezhogin-Higgins-Kovalev
Plekanec-Bonk-Johnson (Pleks and Johnson showed some chemistry in preseason)
Latendresse-Begin-Murray
Horrible move taking demoting Higgins.

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