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09-03-2013, 10:49 AM
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In response to the posts above, we better hope that the 3rd line can produce offensively this year, because if they don't, they really don't bring much to the table. And, as Crease mentioned in another thread, in addition to scoring more, the team will also need to maintain their goals against to be in line with the previous Cup winners, so they really can't give up much in terms of defense.

I'm hardpressed to think of a Stanley Cup winning team that had a 3rd line that contained no two-way players. Teams like Chicago and Boston succeeded not only because they were talented, but because they had multidimensional players who could contribute when they weren't scoring.

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