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08-20-2013, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Mover View Post
Have you seen them play together last year with Eller? These three together were the best players (with Subban, of course) on the ice during the last month of the season. They had a great chemistry. This is probably why Gallagher had more votes than Gionta. But, it's not because a line played great one year that it's gonna happen the season fact, it means nothing at all. Look at what happened with Desharnais, Pacioretty and Cole. You're right if that's what you think.

I'm sorry but Gionta is far from being inconsistent. People on this board know I'm not the biggest Gio fan but he's still probably our most reliable forward with Plekanec. Since becoming a Hab, he found a way to always score 20 or more goals during each year he played here. He was even on pace for 37 goals during his first season in Montreal. Maybe you don't see much results with Gio playing with Plekanec but they have done a great job defensively when they played together. Sometimes it's not all about scoring.

I agree on the fact that it could be good for Eller and Galchy to play with Gio. He could show them a few things and they are only gonna get better.
Galchenyuk played 10 games with Gallagher when the season started (most with Prust on the left), then was almost exclusively with DD and MaxPac.
Three of the last four games, they were together. Only three games.
Galchenyuk - Eller is the Duo that was consecrated last year.

Gallagher is a very good fit but I like the idea of having either Gionta or Briere with this duo.

Anyway, we already know that once Gionta is back:
Galchenyuk - Eller (most used after first 10 games) - Briere
Bourque - Plekanec - Gionta (more than 40 games)
Pacioretty - Desharnais (more than 40 games) - Gallagher

In Bold the duos that were mostly used.
So with the same coaching staff and the same players, we should expect similar results unless one player goes into a slump (Cole last season).

At the same time, the team did not have a pre-season and relying on proven duos could also have been caused by a shorter season.
I may also be partly the reason why Plekanec-Gionta and Pacioretty-DD was used so much last season.

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