Bourque - Plekanec - Gallagher
Pacioretty - Galchenyuk - Eller
Prust - Desharnais - Gionta
Moen - White - Armstrong
Not bad!! Pretty good lineup...and guts too since Cole is benched...but not sure about Cole sitting though...team's reaction to it,etc... and last season he was so COLD you'd think he was planning an early retirement and then eventually ...had a HOT season... and not sure you want to bench a veteran like Cole...might come back to bite us in the ***. Some patience may reward us.
I just want us to get to 4th spot so we can have home advantage for 1st rnd of playoffs.
Using your lineup (but adding Cole)...oldies like Cole and Gionta get demoted to 3rd...youngies like Galchy and Gally get promoted!:
Thing is...I really want Galchenyuk and Gallagher protected by PRUST. This is my favorite Therrien idea. TWO rookies on the same line need some kind of protection, imo.
With veterans like Gionta and Cole...you kind of wish you could fit the next 2 playoff seasons into the one coming up!! (not a lot left in the tank for both). Leblanc, Collberg and Kristo will have to replace Cole and Gionta? We need one more young veteran UFA forward. Getzlaf? Perry?
Judging by the team's reaction to the benching of White you can't sit anyone. Take it game by game and give extra ice time to the players who show up for that game.
The players have no confidence. Go back to basic drills and keep it simple.
RB - TP - BGi
MP - AG - LE
BP - DD - BGa (technically, it makes no sense, but it makes so much no sense that I want to see this. Besides, LE is a better fit a RW and kindof deserves a try in the Top-6 at this point)
TM - RW - CA
Pacioretty - Plekanec - Bork
Prust - Galchenyuk- Gallagher
Moen - Eller - Cole
Armstrong - White - Blunden
Subban - Gorges
Markov - Emelin
Diaz - Booboo
Gio and DD out of the line-up? I would be up for that. It changes our chemistry completly and I like that.
I like Moen - Eller- Cole, I think it could surprise.
But I would split Emelin and Markov, too many mistakes and putting Emelin right back on the left like he was last year. Gorges played on the right before when he was with Gill, I would put him right back there.