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12-27-2013, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by sa cyred View Post
I dont think it is just chance that at the exact same game Raffl is put on that line they start producing. Maybe it does show that a faster player is worth playing on that line. That means players like Hartnell, Simmonds, Vinny and even B.Schenn shouldnt be on there. Downie isnt a speed demon either. Don't know who else to put there.

You dont reward a player who is playing well by demoting him. No matter if one thinks it's because of Giroux or Voracek.

Side note: Anyone else getting tired of Downie being hurt? What is it, the 4th time since he has been here?
The shooting % for that whole first line has been unsustainably high since they've been together. It's been a nice hot streak but I'm guessing in a few games the fact that they aren't actually driving the play and controlling the possession game is going to catch up to them. Having a bigger grinder on a line helps with their forechecking and creates matchup problems. Hartnell will eventually snap out of his horrendous slump (like he seems to every year) and then before you know it he'll be back up there with Giroux.

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