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Game 9: Predators @ Winnipeg
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10-21-2013, 10:45 AM
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Nashville, TN
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As the line-up stands now I wouldn't mind seeing Stalberg put with Legwand. Maybe put Bourque with them and put Wilson with Cullen and Smith. Lets face it. Bourque generally drives his line and I do not see him doing that with Smith and Cullen. He is simply another peice. I think having him with Legwand and Stalberg would be amazing. The issue with this is it leaves Hornqvist out to dry. Once Fisher is back however I could see Hornqvist and Nystrom joining in with Fisher.
I will probably be flamed for this but after watching Forsberg over the first 9 games I am not 100% sure he is ready right now.
If he stays on the active roster I would put him on the 4th line and use him on the power play where he has been solid. His 5v 5 play really hasn't been that strong imo. With all that said this is how I would line the up once healthy and as always there is no top line. The top 3 lines would get equal time aside from special teams.
1A Nystrom/Fisher/Hornqvist (this line would do well against top lines of other teams as all of the players can be depended upon to play a full 200ft)
1B Smith/Cullen/Wilson (This would be our top scoring line imo but still would be strong on both ends.)
1C Stalberg/Legwand/Bourque (This could be the top scoring line but more than likely would be our second best scoring line. Lots and lots of speed!)
4 Spaling/Gaustad/Clune or Forsberg or Hendricks (Play Clune when you need a fighter. Play Forsberg when you think you can draw some penalties. Use Hendricks when his game finds him again.)
That is how I see our lines being well balanced and after watching the first 9 games I think these lines would be amazing together.
His biggest issue IMO is he needs to bulk up some. I think that will solve alot of his issues. He seems to get knocked around alot. That's why I think he is with Nystrom which could be hurting him also. I wonder how he'd look with Smith or Bourque compared to Nystrom.
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