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08-21-2013, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by 24get View Post
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.

I agree, these are most probably the lines that we'll start with, then performance will dictate the pairing

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