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10-13-2008, 12:57 AM
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Line Combos (Higgins to return on Lang line)

We all know we have three solid offensive lines, but we still tend to call them the first line, the second line ect. Let's be honest here, all first three lines are legitmately good offensive lines and any could be a variety of first or second lines on other teams. What really confuses me and others I'm sure, is when you say (just for example) Higgins will be playing on the Lang line, then someone replies that Higgins is not a third line player because he scored 29 goals last year. Or if someone like Lats was moved to the Plekanec line, people would be complaining that Lats is not a first line player. Another one is when someone simply says, "Plekanec is not a first line center". I think we should just abolish the whole 1st, 2nd and 3rd label and call each line by the centermen's name. For example, "the Plekanec line played well tonight"; or, "I really like the Lang line". So let the revolution begin, from now on our lines should only be called the Pleks line, Koivu line and the Lang line.

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10-13-2008, 01:02 AM
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I agree... remember the complaints we heard all last year of the Koivu line vs the Pleks line as to who was the first line??

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Who's with me?
I am...

I agree with you, it gets confusing with 3 scoring lines for some.











but Pleks is our 1st line center, Koivu is our 2nd line center and Lang is our 3rd line center.

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10-13-2008, 01:06 AM
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I agree, but for the "2nd and 3rd lines"

The Plekanec line can dominate a game and control the play in a way the other two can't. They scored 90 goals last year. And that's without really clicking until mid-December. They are a legitimate 1st line.

The other two are lines 2a and 2b. I mean, if it ends up something like Tanguay-Koivu-Lats and Higgins-Lang-Kostitsyn... Both of those line are just crazy skilled, either could be the best line on a handful of teams in this league.

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10-13-2008, 01:12 AM
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I know who's on the first line, 2nd line and 3rd line. It's not because they are all good that one is not better then the other. Our top line ranks among the best in the league.

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WO! You blew my mind!


No, really, I'm pretty sure this is exactly how Carbs, Muller and Jarvis refer to the lines. I know this is how Carbs calls the lines in his french interviews "Saku's line...", "Thomas' line", etc...

Truth is, the first line is the hottest line on any given night. Last night (or was it the night before? it's getting late) it was Saku's line. The night before it was Lang's. The beauty is that we have three "Potential" first lines. And on nights where all three lines get going, it's gonna be a nightmare for the opposing coach to match his D's to contain us.

So here's to your suggestion
And Viva la Revolution!

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10-13-2008, 01:23 AM
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10-13-2008, 01:32 AM
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I know who's on the first line, 2nd line and 3rd line. It's not because they are all good that one is not better then the other. Our top line ranks among the best in the league.
What happens when some linemates get switched, or one line grossly outperforms the other two?

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Yeah, it's hard to resist calling them by what you perceive to be their value, but in the end it's for the best. Any one of the three scoring lines will be used more than the others depending on which one Carbo thinks is(n't) playing well.

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What happens when some linemates get switched, or one line grossly outperforms the other two?
Nothing.
All top 3 lines should get 15min of Ice time. The one that performs best will get the extra minutes.
One night it might be the Plek line, another Koivu and another time again, Lang.

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The Gravy, Curds and French fries lines. There, the perfect mix, nothing better or worst than the other.

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The Gravy, Curds and French fries lines. There, the perfect mix, nothing better or worst than the other.
I like it. But which is which?

Maybe the Plekanec line can be the fries, cause you put those in the dish first, chronologically. Koivu's line can be the cheese curds, cause it goes next, and the Lang line can be the gravy. Sometimes you can have extra cheese curds, other times it will be extra gravy, but any way you make it, it's still Poutine.

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I like it. But which is which?

Maybe the Plekanec line can be the fries, cause you put those in the dish first, chronologically. Koivu's line can be the cheese curds, cause it goes next, and the Lang line can be the gravy. Sometimes you can have extra cheese curds, other times it will be extra gravy, but any way you make it, it's still Poutine.



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I like it. But which is which?

Maybe the Plekanec line can be the fries, cause you put those in the dish first, chronologically. Koivu's line can be the cheese curds, cause it goes next, and the Lang line can be the gravy. Sometimes you can have extra cheese curds, other times it will be extra gravy, but any way you make it, it's still Poutine.
You got it girl.

To be fair, Lats's got to be the gravy as he's the fatty of the bunch, thus I suggest that either line which has Lats on it becomes the Gravy.

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10-13-2008, 03:20 AM
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I think we can all agree though that the Pleks line has the highest ceiling.

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10-13-2008, 03:49 AM
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It will be interesting to see how Carbo puts his lines together this year. In the past two seasons I've gotten the impression that he doesn't really do conventional lines, but instead has players put in pairs and then just adds the third player judging on what he feels is needed to compliment the players in a particular situation. That being said, he did keep the Plekanec line together throughout last season, so maybe if he feels confident that he has consistent three lines this year, he might do a bit less mix and match.

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Ok folks, look at this problem from outside the box.
It's not we that decide which line is #1 or #2 or #3, it's the opposition coach when he puts out his best shut down line against one of out lines. Wait about 10 games and to see what the opposition coaches think.
By the way, while their best shut down players are resting on the bench just who will be out against the other two hab lines??
This is exactly what will scare those coaches.
We also need to see exactly what effect big George will have on games he will be in the lineup. We think a lot of things but we need the know the truth so lets hold off on the line thing until the Habs finally ice their top team for a 5 game stint.

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The ATAK line.
The Sak-Tang line???
And the line

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Usually, each line is like

Physical Guy - Scorer - Passer

And that's like the model to follow for a great line.

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Yeah, its a good idea, but now lets see what would happen if everyone whould follow this..


toronto - habs game...

6-1 montreal in the 3th...


Cherry :

''Oh,1 Montreal is putting the Koivu, Lang and now the Plekanec line on the powerplay... oh... its terrible, its a no class act, they should have put the lapierre line.. for the rest of the game.. coaches remember that..''

So yeah.. it works for us.. but not for the morons..

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Yeah. It must be time to trade somebody
lol...I was expecting that kind of response.

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So Guy Lafleur was right ?

Habs = 4 x 4 th line

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