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04-13-2009, 12:00 PM
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Practice lines this morning

per Habs I/O...

Tanguay-Koivu-Kovalev
Kostitsyn-Plekanec-D'Agostini
Latendresse-Lapierre-Kostopoulos
Higgins-Metropolit-Laraque

Seven defencemen in white, Brisebois the odd man out. O'Byrne, Stewart and Sergei Kostitsyn are the extras.

No sighting of Andrei Markov, but there are suggestions we'll see him on ice early this week. Francis Bouillon skated before the practice began.

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Good lines.

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per Habs I/O...

Tanguay-Koivu-Kovalev
Kostitsyn-Plekanec-D'Agostini
Latendresse-Lapierre-Kostopoulos
Higgins-Metropolit-Laraque

Seven defencemen in white, Brisebois the odd man out. O'Byrne, Stewart and Sergei Kostitsyn are the extras.

No sighting of Andrei Markov, but there are suggestions we'll see him on ice early this week. Francis Bouillon skated before the practice began.
Really hope we see Sergei or Stewart on the fourth line instead of Laraque.

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04-13-2009, 12:03 PM
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D'Agostinis the one I don't want to see.

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04-13-2009, 12:06 PM
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I'm very happy with that lineup, and against Boston we will need either Stewart or Laraque on that fourth line, give Laraque the first shot since he's more experienced and played alright vs. Pittsburgh.

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Really hope we see Sergei or Stewart on the fourth line instead of Laraque.
Unless Laraque plays its role. I hope he actually punches Chara or Lucic (without asking first) if they try to jump Komisarek again. I wouldn't play him for the whole series but having him on the ice for the first game could be a good thing.

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D'Agostinis the one I don't want to see.
A week ago I would've said the same thing but he stepped up HUGE vs. Boston and he's played a lot better these last 3 games.

Also it's good to have another right handed shot in the lineup for 5 on 3's so we don't have to see Laraque on for them.

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04-13-2009, 12:12 PM
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Really hope we see Sergei or Stewart on the fourth line instead of Laraque.
Christ no!

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Christ no!
Anyone with half a brain knows the only way we win the series is by making the Bruins play our game not by having us trying to play the Bruins way.

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per Habs I/O...

Tanguay-Koivu-Kovalev
Kostitsyn-Plekanec-D'Agostini
Latendresse-Lapierre-Kostopoulos
Higgins-Metropolit-Laraque

Seven defencemen in white, Brisebois the odd man out. O'Byrne, Stewart and Sergei Kostitsyn are the extras.

No sighting of Andrei Markov, but there are suggestions we'll see him on ice early this week. Francis Bouillon skated before the practice began.
From the Playoffs' lines thread:

http://hfboards.com/showpost.php?p=1...2&postcount=16

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Tanguay - Koivu - Kovalev
A.Kostitsyn - Plekanec - D'Agostini
Latendresse - Lapierre - Kostopolous
Higgins - Metropolit - Laraque

Gorges - Komisarek
Hamrlik - Dandenault
Schneider - Weber (or O'Byrne or Brisebois)

When Bouillon is ready, he's in for Weber. When Markov is ready, he's in for Dandenault who then moves to the fourth line while Higgins takes D'Agostini's spot on the second line.
No need to say that I agree with those lines.

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I like the lines.

Here's what I want to see on defense hoping Bouillon and Markov are ready to play.

Markov - Komisarek
Hamrlik - Schneider
Bouillon - Gorges

Alternate between Dandenault and Laraque or Dandenault and Bouillon. I don't mind playing S.Kost instead of D'Agostini either, but I'll wait and see what can D'Ago do in the first 2 games. Keep in mind that S.Kost played real well in last year's playoffs.

On paper we have a very good team, the players just have to play up to their potential.

Another possibility is :

Tanguay-Koivu-Kovalev
Higgins-Plekanec-A.Kost
Latendresse-Lapierre-Kostopoulos
Stewart-Metropolit-Laraque/Dandenault/D'Ago

God I wish Lang was fit to play.

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Anyone with half a brain knows the only way we win the series is by making the Bruins play our game not by having us trying to play the Bruins way.
Anyone with more than half a brain knows that Laraque will play a big role.

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Anyone with half a brain knows the only way we win the series is by making the Bruins play our game not by having us trying to play the Bruins way.
Laraque was good in the playoffs with Edmonton.

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Anyone with half a brain knows the only way we win the series is by making the Bruins play our game not by having us trying to play the Bruins way.
Agreed, but it's not a bad idea to have him there, even if it's only has an insurance policy. This coming from a guy who doesn't even like him.

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Can someone explain to me the HOME ICE ADVANTAGE thing? I'm not so sure what it's all about..

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Laraque is going to be useless on the road, Julien is going to be able to take advantage of his poor foot speed.

At home, I have no problem dressing Laraque. Gainey can use him when he wants and match him up where he wants, but I just don't like dressing Laraque on the road..

Unless Gainey is just going to use him 2-3 minutes, and double-shift all the wingers with Higgins & Metro.. but that's a horrible way to get the club tired in the first game of a potential 24-game Stanley Cup push.

Hopefully Sergei gets a chance, he was great in the playoffs last year.

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Higgins-Metropolit-Laraque

Laraque ruins this line, need someone more defensive minded. Kostopoulos would be perfect if he wasn't already playing on the 3rd. Stewart would be ok (contradictory with my defensive comment, though), maybe even Pacioretty at an extent.

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Can someone explain to me the HOME ICE ADVANTAGE thing? I'm not so sure what it's all about..
You get to play in your rink, in your city, in front of your fans.

Things just go right.

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Laraque is going to be useless on the road, Julien is going to be able to take advantage of his poor foot speed.

At home, I have no problem dressing Laraque. Gainey can use him when he wants and match him up where he wants, but I just don't like dressing Laraque on the road..

Unless Gainey is just going to use him 2-3 minutes, and double-shift all the wingers with Higgins & Metro.. but that's a horrible way to get the club tired in the first game of a potential 24-game Stanley Cup push.

Hopefully Sergei gets a chance, he was great in the playoffs last year.
agree 100%

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04-13-2009, 12:35 PM
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I'd prefer Kostitsyn instead of D'Agostini. We don't have the luxury to insert a rookie on our top 2 lines. Kostitsyn has proven he can perform in the playoffs.

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Laraque will play a good role if he calm down Chara and Lucic and if he control the pucks enough time to make the Bruins take some holding penalties on him, I'll be happy with his play.

Key word here is IF.

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Higgins-Metropolit-Laraque

Laraque ruins this line, need someone more defensive minded. Kostopoulos would be perfect if he wasn't already playing on the 3rd. Stewart would be ok (contradictory with my defensive comment, though), maybe even Pacioretty at an extent.



You get to play in your rink, in your city, in front of your fans.

Things just go right.

You also have more chances of winning Face-offs (not always true but..)
I think the home-ice center has to put his stick on the ice first or something?

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Higgins-Metropolit-Laraque

Laraque ruins this line, need someone more defensive minded. Kostopoulos would be perfect if he wasn't already playing on the 3rd. Stewart would be ok (contradictory with my defensive comment, though), maybe even Pacioretty at an extent.



You get to play in your rink, in your city, in front of your fans.

Things just go right.
I hate to quote myself, but I think that line would be great with Dandenault. Shutdown their top line effectively.

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D'Agostinis the one I don't want to see.
But he scored 2 goals against the Bruins last time

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Good lineup to start the series.

Laraque will get limited minutes and Kovy will be double shifted, especially in the third.

However, if Julien doesn't want Lucic line on the ice when BGL is on, no problem, he can leave that line on the bench and he doesn't want Chara on the ice when BGL is on, again, no problem, bench the SOB.

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Higgins-Metropolit-Laraque

Laraque ruins this line, need someone more defensive minded. Kostopoulos would be perfect if he wasn't already playing on the 3rd. Stewart would be ok (contradictory with my defensive comment, though), maybe even Pacioretty at an extent.



You get to play in your rink, in your city, in front of your fans.

Things just go right.
Also, you get last change. So every face-off you see what line the other team has on the ice and you can get the match-up you want.

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