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03-13-2012, 01:00 PM
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Preds lineup talk (all talk about lines go here)

Panther fan coming in peace everyone. I have always found myself drawn to the less historical, seen as smaller market teams being a panther fan myself, and I have followed the entire radulov saga closely. I firmly believe that if he does return, you guys are getting a 60-65 pt player immediately who could be PPG come next season once he gets a true adjustment period. So here is my question: let's say he comes back next week and has 10 or so games to get to know his line mates on the ice, and looks ready to go (9-10pts in 10 games). What would you expect your lineup to be come game 1 of the playoffs? Does he immediately get top 3 or top 6 minutes? I appreciate the lineup posts in advance, and I wish you all the best of luck in April. Here's to a Nashville vs Cinderella panthers Stanley cup final!


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It's nearly impossible to tell where Radulov will fit. My best guess is that if he has a chance to practice with the team before playing a game, Trotz will try him on a line with Legwand and AK. If he isn't able to practice with the team before playing a game, Trotz will limit his minutes and use him on the power play until it can be determined how much time, if any, is needed for re-adjustment.

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03-13-2012, 02:11 PM
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10-12-74
46-11-47
22(24)-13-33
27-28-15

6-20
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i hope Wilson isn't scratched.

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The undefined line: SK-Fisher-Erat
The Rifle line: AK-Legwand-47
The cold pizza line (AKA, good leftovers): Wilson, Gaustad, Tootoo, Spaling, Smith, Halischuk, Bourque, Yip, Hornqvist, McG, Jack Mclellan


Trotz could do a rotation for more defense or more offense.

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Where to place Radulov is the million dollar question. No one knows how long it will take for him to adjust to the NA game. At a minimum, he has a tweaked knee. Can he battle along the boards with his knee? He's played in the system before so that should speed things along.

It's going to be very tricky because of the compressed road schedule and limited practice time between now and the playoffs. Over the next four weeks, the Preds play every other day except for Mar. 28 & 29, and April 1 & 2. When will they have time to experiment with lines in practice??? More likely than not, Trotz will have to tinker with the lines during games,

But hey, if you're going to have problems, this is the one you'd love to have. Like choosing between two hotties. Can't really go wrong.

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03-13-2012, 02:35 PM
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Does anyone else think putting AK and Radulov on the same line is a bit iffy? Don't they both want to the be the shooter? While SK and AK are clicking on the power play I wouldn't want them on the same line permanently - too much potential for drama if/when they struggle. So, my proposed lines, after Rads has re-acclimated to the team would be:

74 - 12 - 47
46 - 11 - 10
27 - 28 - 33
mix and match the 4th line as needed on a game to game basis.

I think this gives you 2 equally potent #1 lines that still have some defensive responsibility. Hornqvist is more of a 3rd line kind of guy anyway. I don't like splitting him from AK as they seem to be developing a good connection, but what a nice problem to have - too many pieces for the available slots.

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personally... i don't think Radulov is good enough to crack the top 6. I'd say he is stuck doing 3rd line time with Wilson, Smith, Gaustad, and Spaling...

I would never in a million years put Radulov - Smith - Wilson on the ice at the same time. They'd be at -15 before they even get a good shot on goal.

SK - Fisher - Erat
Horn - Leggy - AK
Wilson - Spaling/Gaustad - Radu
Smith - Gaustad/Spaling - Tootoo/Bourque/Halischuk/Yip

This of course assuming that Smith is playing consistent enough to play normal minutes. Otherwise we might see Tootoo - Gaustad - Bourque as our 4th line.

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personally... i don't think Radulov is good enough to crack the top 6. I'd say he is stuck doing 3rd line time with Wilson, Smith, Gaustad, and Spaling...

I would never in a million years put Radulov - Smith - Wilson on the ice at the same time. They'd be at -15 before they even get a good shot on goal.

SK - Fisher - Erat
Horn - Leggy - AK
Wilson - Spaling/Gaustad - Radu
Smith - Gaustad/Spaling - Tootoo/Bourque/Halischuk/Yip

This of course assuming that Smith is playing consistent enough to play normal minutes. Otherwise we might see Tootoo - Gaustad - Bourque as our 4th line.
I'd almost agree if Hornqvist was a better 5v5 player.

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I'd almost agree if Hornqvist was a better 5v5 player.
Well yeah I agree, but what do you do? Swap Wilson with Hornqvist on that 2nd line? You can't have AK and Radu on the same line... they are the same player.

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Well yeah I agree, but what do you do? Swap Wilson with Hornqvist on that 2nd line? You can't have AK and Radu on the same line... they are the same player.
Rudi imho is a finisher 1st, playmaker 2nd ... AK is a playmaker 1st, finisher 2nd

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I have to agree that AK and Radulov are very similar players. Both can pass the puck very well, but they look for the shot first.

I know I said put them on the same line earlier, but I was trying to keep the top line intact. Does anyone else think that, assuming Radulov is going to be in the top six, moving AK to the top line would be a good idea? Swap him and SK out. That gives Radulov a pass-first guy (who is very good at it), but also gives him an accurate shot if he needs to set up the play.

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I have to agree that AK and Radulov are very similar players. Both can pass the puck very well, but they look for the shot first.

I know I said put them on the same line earlier, but I was trying to keep the top line intact. Does anyone else think that, assuming Radulov is going to be in the top six, moving AK to the top line would be a good idea? Swap him and SK out. That gives Radulov a pass-first guy (who is very good at it), but also gives him an accurate shot if he needs to set up the play.
I 100% agree. But, correct me if I am wrong, hasn't Trotz gone on record saying that he won't break up the SK - Fisher - Erat line (when asked if AK and SK will play together)?

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The undefined line: SK-Fisher-Erat
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Rads is not good enough to crack top 6??? What???

Same as AK??? What???

People watch Rads play before saying anything...

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In his 5 years in the NHL his lowest goal total was 25

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I don't know who to compare him to but the best guess would be Giroux with better skating and finish...

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Rads is not good enough to crack top 6??? What???

Same as AK??? What???

People watch Rads play before saying anything...
No way Rads isn't on one of the top 2 lines. We all remember 47 as a sniper but I've seen KHL fans say he has become more of a playmaker over there. It will be interesting to see what style he plays here.

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I'd go with

Erat - Fisher - S. Kostitsyn
A. Kostitsyn - Legwand - Radulov
Hornqvist - Smith - Wilson
Spaling - Gaustad - Tootoo/Halischuk

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Radulov's playmaking skills are being underrated here. AK is without a doubt more of a shooter. Radulov can do both, but his playmaking and puck moving skills will be very useful.

Rads will start in the bottom 6 to get adjusted, but by the time the playoffs roll around, he'll be in the top 6 over Hornqvist (assuming he has no problems adjusting or with Trotz).

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two things:

1.) I guess you all don't remember that he played on the 3rd line when he played for us all those years back... Forget about that nugget?

2.) This isn't wide-open European ice against ECHL dmen. This is NHL ice against NHL dmen. Pihlstrom (remember the guy that couldn't buy a goal for us???) can deke, dangle, and snipe goals in the KHL.

Rads shouldn't see top 6 time, IMO. Especially if his defense could be suspect and his work ethic can be spotty. He might see PP time, but I HARDLY doubt he see's any ice time over Erat, AK, or SK.

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Nashville has strong defensive centers. They can compensate for Radulov's defense.

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I don't know who to compare him to but the best guess would be Giroux with better skating and finish...
uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh not quite.

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uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh not quite.
You'll see.

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