I really don't hate those line....If you look at it carefully you got two young guns with our "best" center who can get the puck along the board. Next line you got a GTA line wich seems to be a good idea....The line is just a one player modification from the old Higgins-pleck-A.K. line. And IMO, as of right now, Tender is more useful than Higgins....I really think plecky can pick it up with 2 big guys.
For the two other lines I dont know what to think about but as Sergei is a great feeder, he could do a nice job with kovy
Anyway it couldnt be worst than last game....I hope...
Pacioretty - Koivu - D'Agostini
Higgins - Lapierre - Kostopoulos
Latendresse - Plekanec - A. Kostitsyn
S. Kostitsyn - Lang - Kovalev et Bégin
No sure about this one
I actually like these lines. The Koivu (who played well last night, IMO) with the two kids who are actually bringing some energy and hard work!
Higgins, Lapierre could form a formidable duo together... but why TKO on RW and not Gui? (Higgy-Lappy-Gui! makes much more sense to me)
Pleks and AK46 back together could make sense as well (although I've never understood why the Higgins-Pleks-Akost line was never tried again from a few years ago)
I actually think these lines are a move in the right direction, it will be interesting to see what comes from the shake-up. People will say that breaking Max and Gui up is a terrible idea due to their recent chemistry, but SOMETHING has to be done. This team is in desperate need of a boost.
I wonder who starts in goal? I want to see Price jump right back in, but I think giving him the Boston game sends him a better message that he's still our man (last night was not his fault in the least).
Maybe Carbo should teach and install a system instead of taking lottery balls and making line changes after every loss. I am beginning to question his ability to be a teacher/motivator. The team plays with no emotion or game plan. It was great last year with the PP winning many games but this year with an average at best PP not winning any games, the team needs to play a style. Obviously the run/gun outscore the opposition isn't gonna work. When your perimeter players fill most of the top 9 spots and don't have much drive then this is what we get. Carbo just hopes that talent will win out but a team that gets constantly outshot and outplayed by bottom teams can not consider themselves a top team. Yes they beat some of the good/great teams but have no consistency and don't just lose close games to the bottom teams but actually get embarrassed by these teams. If a NJ/BOS/SJ/DET/ get beat they at least make it a close game with effort.
Sadly this team has tooooo many soft perimeter players with no work ethic. They turn the other cheek and when the going gets tough they hide. This team will not go far as long as they have Lang/Kovy/Kost bros/Tang/Pleks/ in the top 9. Some of them yes but not all
Like somebody said already....it's not like we shouldn't touch at something that works....nothing does. Would've kept Lappy and Lats together probably adding them D'Ago but Carbonneau wants to change it more....so be it....it better worked.