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12-13-2013, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Protest View Post
I think it was you that said that line needed to exist in order to fix the top line. I said at the time, and feel the same way now, that they can be effective if used properly.

They need to play sheltered minutes with a healthy dose of Ozone starts. They're going to get pinned in their own zone for lengths of time in some games, but they have the potential to forecheck the hell out of the opposition. Like a 4th line that could actually score.

We were already using the Schenn line as the 3rd line as far as TOI goes, so just keep that the same.
Thanks, Protest. I don't know if I said that, but this was certainly my sentiment. The term "Legion of Dumb" comes to mind. They performed better than I expected, with the desired result of improving the Giroux line. I know it was just one play, but I was impressed by Raffl's poise with the puck on his stick in the slot.

I agree with your assessment of the big boy line being forecheck specialists. Against a smaller opponent like the Canadiens, this will wear down the opposition defenders, and should help lines 1 and 2.

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