They just don't. I think Higgins game is based on breaking to open areas, and getting a shot off when he gets the puck in flight, at least on the rush.
Inside the zone, Higgins likes to forecheck create turnovers, move the puck to a playmaker and get open. He plays more north south, while Kovalev will circle until he finds what he wants, his linemates read him, and A.Kost. has a few similarities.
Higgins plays tentaive when with him, it goes against his strengths, and Kovalev isn't going to be as useful in more of an up and down, shoot as soon as possible type of line.
It's about the only combination of the top 9 that I don't like. I'm not crazy about Kovy/Koivu, too many alpha puck handlers but it works over the short haul.
It was clear with the Higgins news we got this morning...
Will this thread get moved at the end of that one too? I find it odd, there are a million threads here yet news of the day gets merged somewhere that is difficult to find. You have to stumble upon the news or somebody else makes another thread.
As much as people love the AKost-Pleks-Kovy line, I really feel as though Andrei is ready to step up and carry his own line. He hasn't been getting as many touches as I would have liked, and probably never will as long as he's playing with Kovy. If the line continues to play just OK (not great) for another 2-3 games, why not try the following:
Lats-Pleks-Kovy (remember the GUI-UNIT line from last year? C'tait po' pi')
Tanguay-Koivu-A.Kost (let Tanguay and Andrei play their natural positions)
I'm open to other combos, but the point is that I think it's time to FREE KOSTITSYN.
Higgins-Lang-S.Kosty (or the other way arround?)
anyways, I like it
Awesome, this is just what I was hoping for on Higgins' return. Latendresse needs time on that line to blossom -- he's earned it so far, and demoting him for a player who hasn't played yet this year would be the wrong message to send.
Christopher Higgins is now a vet on this team and is old enough to know the deal. It's not like he's playing with Smolinski and Dandenault. Higgins to me is a guy who can do just the same with Lang and S.Kost as he did with Saku Koivu.