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01-10-2014, 11:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Broad Street Elite View Post
Why in God's name are we changing lines right now? 10 home wins in a row, 5-1 on the last road trip, 8-2 over the last 10.

I'm keeping things as much the same as injuries will allow...

Raffl - Giroux - Voracek
Hartnell - Schenn - Simmonds
LeCavalier - Couturier - Downie
VDV - Hall - Rosehill/McGinn
Well, none of us are actually the HC of the hockey team, but the lines will change sooner or later, and we all have things that we would like to see. I'm also not sure why you'd want to keep Lecavalier and Couturier together. They are a bad match right now. The team has been winning in spite of their poor chemistry, not because of it. Raffl - Giroux - Voracek haven't been lighting the world on fire as a combo for about three weeks now (as opposed to their hot stretch that lasted for one week).

Raffl - Giroux - Voracek on-ice at ES:

12/12 vs MTL: 1 goal, +1
12/15 @ WSH: 3 goals, +2
12/17 vs WSH: 1 goal, even
12/19 vs CBJ: 2 goals, +1
12/21 @ CBJ: 0 goals, -1
12/23 vs MIN: 1 goal, +1
12/28 @ EDM: 0 goals, -2
12/30 @ VAN: 2 goals, +2
12/31 @ CAL: 0 goals, even
01/02 @ COL: 0 goals, even (1 period -- Raffl left with injury)
01/07 @ NJD: 0 goals, even
01/08 VS MTL: 0 goals, even (Raffl scored from B. Schenn)

At least they aren't giving up goals. Those actually look more like good shut-down stats. But it's a weird place for your presumptive #1 scoring line to be. I believe Raffl may have true shut-down defensive skill and he already looks like the best defensive wing on the team outside of Read. Since Read is down and Raffl's not actually sparking offense on the top line these days, why not have him take over Read's job on the shut-down line until he recuperates?

XXXX - Giroux - Voracek
Hartnell - YYYY - Simmonds
Raffl - Couturier - Downie
Vandevelde - Hall - McGinn (by default)

Schenn and Lecavalier are your fill-in-the blanks at center and one or the other wings on a different line. Someone has to go out of position, but that's just how it stacks up right now. I understand why you'd putt Voracek on the off wing -- he's the most skilled natural winger on the team, so he's probably got the best chance to handle it. What to do with Schenn longer-term is more of a conundrum. I have no idea if his future lies at LW, C or RW and how the Flyers should prepare for that uncertainty.

Originally Posted by hockeyfreak7 View Post
Well, two things: First, I think we're just tossing out setups we'd like to see next time we shake things up (at least I am), and second, I'm not all that satisfied with 5v5 production right now. We're winning games on the strength of the second line and the PP support, but sooner than later, the second line well is going to dry up.

We're finding success now, but at the same time, I don't think it's healthy to ignore the issues that are lurking in the background. The Leafs did that, and they have totally imploded. So, yeah, I'm satisfied with the team's success, but I don't think that's necessarily justification for keeping to the status quo until the wins stop coming.

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