I like Talbot dropping to the 4th line as a motivational demotion (the guy has been playing bad, [and most importantly] stupid hockey the first 2 games so far - how many turnovers at the opposition blueline on the PK does he have now?), but Laughton and Simmonds should be getting rewarded for strong play, yet instead find themselves 'demoted' for Fed (who has been playing okay for his role, but not great) and McGinn (in his NHL debut).
I would've liked (based on merit from the first 2 games) to see something like:
Hart-Roo-Sim (promotion for Simmonds)
Schenn-Laughton-Voracek (promotion for Laughton)
Read-Cooter-Wellwood (demotion for Read/Cooter [who have been invisible] and promotion for Wellwood [who at least skates hard])
Fed-Talbot-Rinaldo (major demotion for Talbot - wake up man, we need ya!)
Really hoping when Briere comes back feds and talbot are on the 4th line
Me too, a 4th line with those two is ideal. I don't like them in the top 9, even though talbot put up great numbers last yr and fed has in the past relatively speaking of course, I think they're better suited for the 4th line. I do think Laughton is underrated offensively so i'm ok with having him up on the 3rd line
Devils will be playing their same style as last years playoffs. This will give our defense even more fits and if we can't deal with it this will be a 5-1 loss.
If we can adjust tonight and put some pressure on ourselves, we win 4-2 with a pair from Giroux, and Simmer and Mesz adding the other 2.
I'll be at this one 12 rows off the ice in the corner behind Brodeur. Would love to spoil their banner celebration ceremony. LET'S GO FLYERS!!!
Dropped in to wish you guys good luck tonight.
We won't be celebrating any banner btw, we only celebrate SC wins. Banner is already hung up and uncovered. At best, you'll probably just see some highlight reel of last year's run and a quick spotlight on the banner.