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10-26-2010, 11:14 PM
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Foligno-Regin-Kovalev

Kind of interesting how he sort of calls out Clouston in a round about way.

Said in the post game interview that it's hard to develop any chemistry when you keep dropping in and out of lines.
Says that after a couple games with foligno and regin they are building on the chemistry they have, communicating more, working things out and improving as a line.

Says he hopes that the line stays together for the rest of the season.
Obviously he likes playing with Foligno and Regin and they seem to like playing with him.

Kovalev 2g 1a
Regin 2a
Foligno 1a

Interesting to see what happens when Spezza comes back.
What do you think Clouston should do with the lines? Where should Spezza slide back in?


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10-26-2010, 11:22 PM
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Too bad all Foligno can do is crash the net, and hit the post on a completely empty net, and tip things in with one arm for no reason whatsoever. But I still like him.

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10-26-2010, 11:34 PM
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Michalek - Spezza - Shannon/Alfredsson
Foligno - Regin - Kovalev
Kelly - Fisher - Alfredsson/Shannon
Ruutu - Smith - Neil

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10-26-2010, 11:35 PM
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Probably the perfect type of players for Kovalev to work with at this point in his career. They are young, hungry, and trying to prove themselves. They also aren't at the point where they will want to be the star on the line so they will be willing to give the puck to Kovalev even if he flubs it most of the time. It's similar to who he played with in Montreal and had succes. Basically he played with Andrei Kostitsyn/Plekanec who are both pretty hard working guys who would dig pucks out for Kovalev. Considering his mobility may be hindered both by surgery and old age it's even more important to have young, quick, hard working players helping him out IMO.

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10-26-2010, 11:39 PM
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Michalek - Spezza - Shannon/Alfredsson
Foligno - Regin - Kovalev
Kelly - Fisher - Alfredsson/Shannon
Ruutu - Smith - Neil
Close, but Neil is a better player than Shannon on that Fisher line.

Michalek - Spezza - Alfredsson
Foligno - Regin - Kovalev
Kelly - Fisher - Neil
Ruutu - Winchester - Shannon

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10-26-2010, 11:42 PM
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Michalek - Spezza -Alfredsson
Foligno - Regin - Kovalev
Smith/Winchester - Fisher -Shannon
Ruutu - Kelly - Neil
Made a few minor changes...

Why split up the only line that has consistently worked for us in Ruutu-Kelly-Neil? Makes no sense.

The other option I would like to see if Michalek on the top line does not work is this :

Smith - Spezza -Alfredsson
Foligno - Regin - Kovalev
Michalek - Fisher -Shannon
Ruutu - Kelly - Neil

With the second combo I took out Winchester because I think Smith has clear cut more offensive potential. I don't mind the idea of throwing out a young grinder with the two skill guys to make room, crash the net and dig in the corners. Don't bother trying to be the sniper/finisher, just play your game, make room for the others and production will come.

I find that has been one of the problems with trying to find linemates for Spezza. It seems they have always been trying to fit "Winchester/Shannon/Foligno" pegs into "Heatley" or back in the day "Alfredsson" holes. The line needs to find it's own identity not try to be cash. That's why it worked for a while with Regin last year. He was not trying to be anyone else, he was playmaking and taking open shots when they came.

Michalek - Fisher - Shannon would be a line with tremendous speed.


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10-26-2010, 11:44 PM
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Interesting to see what happens when Spezza comes back.
What do you think Clouston should do with the lines? Where should Spezza slide back in?
Spezza should send Fisher back where he belongs, the third line with Neil and Kelly. Ruutu-Winchester-Smith would be a great 4th line.

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10-26-2010, 11:58 PM
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I feel like the centers should be Spezza-Fisher-Regin-Kelly. That is very strong depth.

Michalek - Spezza - Shannon
Winchester - Fisher - Alfredsson
Foligno - Regin - Kovalev
Ruutu - Kelly - Neil

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10-27-2010, 01:09 AM
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Michalek-Spezza-Shannon (We need speed on one line)
Kelly-Fisher-Alfi (They played together during the streak, we got everything on that line)
Ruutu-Smith-Neil (Still a very good checking line, even tougher with Smith)

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10-27-2010, 01:28 AM
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Michalek - Spezza - Alfredsson
Foligno - Regin - Kovalev
Ruutu - Fisher - Neil
Winchester - Kelly - Shannon

Phillips - Gonchar
Kuba - Karlsson
Campoli - Carkner
Hale

Leclaire
Elliott

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10-27-2010, 02:27 AM
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Michalek-Spezza-Shannon (We need speed on one line)
Kelly-Fisher-Alfi (They played together during the streak, we got everything on that line)
Ruutu-Smith-Neil (Still a very good checking line, even tougher with Smith)
I agree, this should be it.

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10-27-2010, 03:49 AM
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Too bad all Foligno can do is crash the net, and hit the post on a completely empty net, and tip things in with one arm for no reason whatsoever. But I still like him.
If Foligno ever crashed the net without the puck he'd score plenty of goals.

I saw a play in the first where he went toward the net on a rush by his line, but the defensman had no trouble staying between Nick and the net.

He'll try going through 4 guys with the puck, but without it he has some kind of magnet that pulls him to the sides of the net. He needs to get square in front and not 'drift' behind the net.

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10-27-2010, 04:05 AM
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If Foligno ever crashed the net without the puck he'd score plenty of goals.
He does this a fair bit - e.g. when he kicked the puck in the other night, and when he missed an open net rebound vs. Pittsburgh.

The guy is just snake-bitten.

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10-27-2010, 04:11 AM
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I think the lines should be something like this..

Michalek - Spezza - xxxxxx
xxxxxx - Fisher - Alfredsson
Foligno - Fisher - Kovalev
Ruutu - Kelly - Neil

I feel like at least one of Winny/Shannon/Smith would be a good fit in the top-six, but maybe it's worth calling up one of Butler or Wick?

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10-27-2010, 04:15 AM
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Michalek - Spezza - xxxxxx
xxxxxx - Fisher - Alfredsson
Foligno - Regin - Kovalev
Ruutu - Kelly - Neil
fixed

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10-27-2010, 09:10 AM
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Michalek - Spezza - Alfredsson
Foligno - Regin - Kovalev
Ruutu - Fisher - Neil
Winchester - Kelly - Shannon

Phillips - Gonchar
Kuba - Karlsson
Campoli - Carkner
Hale

Leclaire
Elliott
That's pretty much what I'd go with, the FRK line has been playing well. I would even consider them and RFN as equal lines for ice time, use them for match ups energy vs skill - or run with whoever is hot on the night.

The only thing that will differ is that when Kuba is back Hale we most likely be sent back down and Lee will be in the press box, unless he gets traded. Just because of contracts/cap.

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10-27-2010, 09:19 AM
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We want to develop these guys (Foligno and Regin), play them 20 minutes a night. Well, mostly Regin, Foligno reeks of a third liner to me.

Michalek, Fisher and Foligno get way too much icetime for what they bring to this team. Regin is getting the shaft big time.

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10-27-2010, 09:24 AM
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shannon-spezza-alfredsson
foligno-regin-kovalev
michalek-fisher-smith
ruutu-kelly-neil

Winchester can take smith or shannon's spot.

Roll 4 lines...no particular 1st,2nd,3rd,or 3th line.

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10-27-2010, 09:34 AM
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I'd like to see:

Michalek-Spezza-Alfredsson
Foligno-Regin-Kovalev
Smith-Fisher-Shannon
Rutuu-Kelly-Neil

All these lines have shown the ability to play together especially Michalek-Spezza-Alfredsson and Rutuu-Kelly-Neil. Foligno-Regin-Kovalev had an awesome game against Phoenix and Fisher and Shannon have shown great chemistry in the past when FFS line was our best. The only player who would have to prove themselves would be Smith and Fisher can likely cover up any rookie mistakes.

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Michalek - Spezza - Alfredsson
Foligno - Regin - Kovalev
Ruutu - Fisher - Neil
Winchester - Kelly - Shannon

Phillips - Gonchar
Kuba - Karlsson
Campoli - Carkner
Hale

Leclaire
Elliott

Perfect!

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10-27-2010, 11:10 AM
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No Lehner, Karlsson, Michalek, Spezza, Kuba and Leclaire at practice today.

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Michalek-Spezza-Shannon (We need speed on one line)
Kelly-Fisher-Alfi (They played together during the streak, we got everything on that line)
Ruutu-Smith-Neil (Still a very good checking line, even tougher with Smith)
How about Butler he would fit in on the first line, when everyone gets healthy and we can afford to bring him up

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The team & these lines are working well after a shaky start, why wreck them just because Spezza is coming back? He makes the most money on this team let him adjust & make his line mates better. Both Smith & Winchester are good defensively, they work well in the corners, boards & in front of the net & they should also be able to defend against his give aways. All they need is to score more & Spezza should be able to help them with that, shouldn't he?

Z. Smith - Spezza - Winchester/Shannon
Michalek - Fisher - Alfredson
Foligno - Regin - Kovalev
Ruutu - Kelly - Neil

Campoli - Gonchar
Kuba - Karlsson
Phillips - Carkner/Hale

Elliott - Leclaire

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10-27-2010, 11:33 AM
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How about Butler he would fit in on the first line, when everyone gets healthy and we can afford to bring him up
Butler would be an interesting option with Michalek-Spezza for sure, it would work to both Butler and Spezza's strengths and give the line another speedster, but I don't think we can justify benching Shannon. I've been against playing Shannon for a while but he has been playing well and deserves the chance to stick before some of the young guys (at least the ones in the AHL).

Butler needs and injury and outstanding production/overall play to get called up, as we've seen with Zubov outstanding production alone is not a ticket to the NHL.

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Maybe they should try Kovy and Alfie together at even strength at some point. I thought they were pretty good together at the start of last year and they have connected for some nice goals on the PP the last two years. Alfie seems like he would be suited well to play on the left side since considering he shoots right handed. Michalek would be able to move to right wing which is more natural for him. I'm sure Alfie could have success on either side of the considering how good a player he is.

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