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04-08-2008, 07:58 PM
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From François Gagnon's article, here's what will probably happen if everyone except Saku is ready to go.

Line 1 per usual
Line 2 Sergei Kostitsyn - Higgins - Ryder
Line 3 Latendresse - Lapierre - Streit
Line 4 per usual

D pair 1 Markov - Komi
D pair 2 Hamrlik - Gorges
D pair 3 Bouillon - O'Byrne

Out Brisebois, Dandenault, Grabovski, Stewart

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04-08-2008, 09:32 PM
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here's what should be the lines when everyone will be back:

Andrei Kostitsyn - Plekanec - Kovalev
Higgins - Koivu - Sergei Kostitsyn
Bégin - Smolinski - Kostopoulos
Latendresse - Lapierre - Streit

Markov - Komisarek
Hamrlik - O'byrne
Bouillon - Gorges

Price
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out: Ryder, Dandenault, Brisebois, Grabovski

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04-08-2008, 10:18 PM
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Game One Line-Up: What To Do With Streit and More?

So, we're getting close to game one and the injuries are coming into focus. So let's ask the question, who plays and who sits if you're Carbo?

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They have Streit and Brisebois as the 4th pair. Grabovski, Stewart (if he's still with the club?), and Koivu out.

I sincerely doubt that Bouillon makes it back, which I suppose frees up the space for Streit on D. Is that how you'd begin or would you move Streit back to forward and if so, where?

My hopeful line-up:

A Kost - Pleks - Kovalev
Higgins - S. Kost - Ryder
Lats - Lapierre - Dandenault
Begin - Smolinski - Kosto

Markov - Komi
Hamr - Streit
Gorges - O'Byrne

Then, once Koivu and Bouillon return, you sit O'Byrne (not a slight, just a numbers game) and Dandenault. I would hate to break up line #4 and you cannot remove Streit from the line-up. Kosti would jump over to the wing and bump Ryder down to the third line.

If Ryder doesn't produce, then maybe move Streit up front and get O'Byrne back in, otherwise, Dandenault is the odd man out, I guess, which is a shame for him since he's been playing well.

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04-08-2008, 10:21 PM
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Don't see O'Byrne sitting.

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Don't see O'Byrne sitting.
Fair observation, but something's gotta give. Any thoughts?

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04-08-2008, 10:26 PM
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I'm going to say something I never would have thought I'd say, but I'm trusting Carbonneau judgement... he was excellent this year (compared to last)... He'll make the calls... bad or not, I don't care, it's up to him and his men at this point of the year...

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Once Bouillon returns I'd put Streit back on the Offence.

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04-08-2008, 10:34 PM
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Once Bouillon returns I'd put Streit back on the Offence.
Yeah me too but you have to sit someone else... Lapierre or Ryder? Maybe Latendresse too... But non of them really deserves to sit, so we will probably see a rotation until someone else injures himself...

I guess this is all good to have too many players!

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I'm going to say something I never would have thought I'd say, but I'm trusting Carbonneau judgement... he was excellent this year (compared to last)... He'll make the calls... bad or not, I don't care, it's up to him and his men at this point of the year...
It always was up to them bud...

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Yeah me too but you have to sit someone else... Lapierre or Ryder? Maybe Latendresse too... But non of them really deserves to sit, so we will probably see a rotation until someone else injures himself...

I guess this is all good to have too many players!
Yes, too many players to fill the positions is a good thing. Brisebois played well down the stretch so it wouldn't surprise me if he gets some quality time also.

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04-08-2008, 11:38 PM
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OByrne finished the season with a +7. I agree with you on the passing but its more about not wanting to make a mistake. He never forces passes and prefers to make the safer play. In his zone he is not a liability at all. Do you watch the games?? Even when his beaten he has the ability to recover with his mobility and long reach that he uses really well to cut passing lanes. Lately he started to carry the puck more to get himself out of trouble which is a great sign of improvement and confidence. He has at least earned himself a place on the starting six for the start of the playoffs. Its off to him to show the coaching staff that he deserves to stay there.
Basically he takes Brisebois' spot, and that's the best decision in the circumstances. I would still like to see Streit on D over O'byrne, even though I was a fan of playing him up front at the start of the season.

I hope people don't think I'm a basher... I'm not. I simply think he's not quite ready... maybe 20 or 40 more games is all it would take for me to feel safe with Ryan on the D squad.. right now, I see too much poor decision taking to feel confortable... then again, Brisebois makes me a lot more nervous.

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04-09-2008, 01:57 AM
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My lines without Koivu:

Kostitsyn Plekanec Kovalev

S.Kostitsyn Grabovski Latendresse

Higgins Lapierre Stewart

Begin Smoke\Chipchura Kostopoulos

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04-09-2008, 02:26 AM
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My lines without Koivu, Ryder and Kostopoulos:

Kostitsyn Plekanec Kovalev

S.Kostitsyn Grabovski Latendresse

Higgins Lapierre Stewart

Begin Smoke\Chipchura Kostopoulos
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04-09-2008, 03:03 AM
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Kosto is there.. But Im not sold on Smolinski so I would like to see what Chipchura can do centering the fourth line.. Ryder out without any hesitation..

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04-09-2008, 03:13 AM
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I'll tell you one thing, the fact that Smolinski line is meshing great makes the 2nd and 3rd lines more crowded than ever.

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04-09-2008, 03:21 AM
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Kosto is there.. But Im not sold on Smolinski so I would like to see what Chipchura can do centering the fourth line.. Ryder out without any hesitation..
I really doubt Ryder sits, especially before Koivu is back, as he will be expected to fill in for him on the second line with Higgins and Sergei.

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From François Gagnon's article, here's what will probably happen if everyone except Saku is ready to go.

Line 1 per usual
Line 2 Sergei Kostitsyn - Higgins - Ryder
Line 3 Latendresse - Lapierre - Streit
Line 4 per usual

D pair 1 Markov - Komi
D pair 2 Hamrlik - Gorges
D pair 3 Bouillon - O'Byrne

Out Brisebois, Dandenault, Grabovski, Stewart
Great line up. I suspect that Lats will get the axe once Koivu comes back.

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