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11-13-2013, 10:16 AM
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Sedin - Sedin - Eriksson
Zetterberg - Bäckström - Steen
Landeskog - Berglund - Franzen
Hagelin - Kruger - Alfredsson
Those are the forward lines I'd go with where i would consider them 1A/1B and 3A/3B regarding ice time and PP/PK duties. The Sedin line would obviously have pure offensive duties meaning PP1 and offensive starts. The Bäckström line I would consider second PP/scoring line while I would also give them main shutdown duties against the Crosbys and Malkins since they're all very skilled two way players. If capable of all that ice time Zetterberg/Steen would also be a great PK pairing.
The third line are three big bodies all playing a pretty straight forward hockey and putting alot of pucks on the net, also i could see Landeskog/Berglund as a PK pair. The fourth line I see as a nice combination of speed and responsible two way play, don't really like putting Alfredsson there but i see him playing alot of PP with the Bäckström line so that would compensate. Hagelin/Kruger would be good together on the PK.
Ekman Larsson - Karlsson
Kronwall - Brodin
Hjalmarsson - Oduya
When it comes to defensive pairings I have a hard time making up my mind but I think this would work. Ekman Larsson - Karlsson might be a bit redundant on the same pairing but they're both good defensively too and should play alot of minutes in all situations except from too much tiring PK.
Kronwall - Brodin is a sound second pairing who can play all situations although i think Alfredsson should take Brodin's spot on the PP.
The third pair is mainly there for PK and defensive minutes. Oduya might not be top 6 based on skill but I think him and Hjalmarsson playing together on a regular basis is worth more than having for example Hedman in that position.
Not much to discuss there really, Fasth could of course be switched for Lehner or someone else.
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