Cons: Patches, didn't want this, because we will likely eventually send him down. Although I'm sure he's professional enough not to let it affect his game
you're right about that (cuz he's used to it now), but I don't think we will be sending him down if he gets put in the top 6. I feel like he'll either make it there or be involved in a deal. I think he'll make it.
I doubt they play him with Gomez. It would be too much pressure for Pacioretty to have to help Gomez out of his cold streak. I think Patches will play with Plekanec and Kostitsyn, and Gionta will be reunited with Gomez. Martin won't change the Pouliot-Eller-Darche line, and I don't see Pacioretty starting out on the fourth line, so that seems like the best solution to me.
At first I was like YES ! Then, I was like MERDE, Martin's gonna play him on the 4th line with limited icetime and no one to dish him the puck. Oh well, unless Martin has a flash of genius and plays him with Gomez and Gionta. It might work thought, Pac will have a chance to proove himself, gain experience, then earn top 6 time. Martin can't play Moen on his top 6 all year...
Does this mean we can start cursing in French and no censor.
I can't see him with anyone except Gio and Gomez and also you'll see Gomer's "cold streak" end. BTW he was starting to heat up again before he got injured. Gionta wasn't able to score with his predictable slapshots from everywhere (which was the ONLY play on that line) and what was Moen doing except taking the bodies out. There will be more variety of attack to that line and in terms of feeding players (i.e. MPac), people forget that while Gomez was not scoring himself, his passing was still very good.
Andrei Kostitsyn - Tomas Plekanec - Michael Cammalleri
Travis Moen - Scott Gomez - Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty - Lars Eller - Benoit Pouliot
Tom Pyatt - Jeff Halpern - Mathieu Darche
Roman Hamrlik - Yannick Weber
Hal Gill - Josh Gorges
Alexandre Picard - PK Subban
This will be the line-up on wednesday. Book it.
I'd be very surprise to see JM put the 3 youngsters together...not his style.
And I'b surprise to see Lappy benched as he was one of our best players in the last 2 games..
I'm with the others :
ATM line back together
Patch with The G's
Eller line stays the same
(I know it won't be the most popular idea but I'd consider benching Moen because of Pyatt's play on the Pk. I'd be surprise if it happens though)
On D I'd put PK with Hammer and Werber with Picard...
I would have left him down, since he's stated on numerous occasions that he feels the longer he stays in Hamilton, the better prepared he'll be for the NHL (he said that again earlier today in an interview on CBC).
But I'm excited to see how he'll do. If he's only going to get 8-10 minutes a game I'm hoping they send him down after 2-3 games.