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01-09-2004, 09:07 AM
A soupçon of nutmeg
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Le Creuset
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The main problem is with our 2nd line. When Ribeiro doesn't show up, that line is doomed. Combine that with Ribeiro's unconvincing play of late, and you get fans who are demanding that the line gets dismantled.
What I'd like to know is: 1) Do you agree with the necessity of a lineup change, and 2) How would you change the lines if you had to.
I think Ribeiro needs a benching, just to snap him out of his bad habits. He has gone soft again over the past few games, and he was particularly dreadful in the defensive zone against the Lightning. It really looked to be the Tampa game-plan to exploit his weakness down low along the boards.
I'm not calling for his demotion or expulsion, just a benching. Perreault is not a 4th line player, and he needs to play. It's a perfect oppurtunity to showcase him for a potential trade. It is also a good oppurtunity to get some game time for Plekanec against a very weak team in Pittsburgh. His presence should at least stimulate Ribeiro to start playing better.
The rest of the line-up is more or less fine. It's just that when Ribeiro goes soft and reverts to his bad habits, the entire 2nd line becomes a liability. It cannot be good for team chemistry to have him continue to play poorly while Perreault languishes on the 4th line.
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