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02-13-2013, 01:29 AM
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Granlund was 9 of 12 in the faceoff circle tonight, and was making plays all over the place. He's proving he's learning the game and is more than a capable center and is only getting better each and every night.
Hard to disagree with this.

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02-13-2013, 04:38 AM
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I agree Granlund did a good job tonight. he constantly pushes himself and he expects only what he can earn.

I'm actually liking him more because of how he is dealing with adjusting to the NHL.

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02-13-2013, 07:14 AM
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Happy for granny he's found some power in he's skating

The 2 line looking more and more legit and even better making attacks that are committed to help each other out and not afraid off what might or might not happen when they loose the posession

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02-13-2013, 06:02 PM
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Hoping Yeo keeps the top 2 lines how he did in the third period last night.

Heatley was at least solid for about the first 5 games when playing with Parise and Koivu. Maybe it will get him going again.

Granlund and Seto are getting better and Coyle had good chemistry with Granlund in the AHL.

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02-13-2013, 06:06 PM
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Yeah, I liked those lines too. Coyle on Granny's wing.

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02-13-2013, 10:47 PM
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Hoping Yeo keeps the top 2 lines how he did in the third period last night.

Heatley was at least solid for about the first 5 games when playing with Parise and Koivu. Maybe it will get him going again.

Granlund and Seto are getting better and Coyle had good chemistry with Granlund in the AHL.


I liked the lines as well..Gotta find a way to get Bouchard involved somehow though..we need him scoring(goals/assists) to be successful.

Not sure if that means moving Clutter to the 4th line??

I like having where we have one extra forward for that top 9 so someone is always being held accountable but it gets tough when all the forwards have better games like last night.

Anyways hopefully Butch can get it going here soon. I'd also like to see Coyle finally pot a goal or two and start producing with all those chances he's received. The Kid is due!

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02-14-2013, 03:24 AM
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Parise-Koivu-Setoguchi
Heatley-Granlund-Coyle
Brodziak-Cullen-Bouchard
Mitchell/Rupp-Konopka-Clutterbuck

Rotate Mitchell, Rupp, Bouchard and Konopka depending on the match-up.

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02-14-2013, 12:13 PM
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From practice, lines are...

Parise - Koivu - Heatley
Brodziak - Granlund - Setoguchi
Bouchard - Cullen - Clutterbuck
Rupp - Konopka - Mitchell

Glad to see Brodziak on Granlund's wing, it was a line suggestion I made opening week! Think the size and aggressiveness of Brodziak along with his puck handling can help.

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02-14-2013, 12:16 PM
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Seto was just on with PA and it sounds like Granlund is playing wing tonight.

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02-14-2013, 12:27 PM
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Seto was just on with PA and it sounds like Granlund is playing wing tonight.
I've been hoping for Brodziak to center Granlund for a while now. PMB-Cullen-Clutterbuck might not be bad also.

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02-14-2013, 12:28 PM
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Should be interesting. Brodziak has looked better in the last few games, so him being in the second line is not the biggest crime against humanity.

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02-14-2013, 12:30 PM
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These might be good lines. A grittier center like Brody, imo, is what Granlund needs.

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02-14-2013, 12:41 PM
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I like the balance on that line. Let Brodziak be the defensively responsible one. Both Seto and Granlund are not shy about throwing hits while forechecking. Should be able to cause havoc in the offensive end. I predict we see some nice offensive zone time produced by that line tonight.

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02-14-2013, 02:23 PM
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Fire Mike Yeo!

He's doing what we all want him to do! Granlund to the wing and replacing Cullen with Brodziak at second line center... fire-able offenses.

Had to do it...

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02-14-2013, 02:44 PM
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From practice, lines are...

Parise - Koivu - Heatley
Brodziak - Granlund - Setoguchi
Bouchard - Cullen - Clutterbuck
Rupp - Konopka - Mitchell

Glad to see Brodziak on Granlund's wing, it was a line suggestion I made opening week! Think the size and aggressiveness of Brodziak along with his puck handling can help.
I actually like these lines.

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02-14-2013, 03:02 PM
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Here's what I really want to see:

Granlund - Koivu - Heatley
Parise - Brodziak - Bouchard
Setoguchi - Cullen - Clutterbuck
Rupp - Konopka - Mitchell

We haven't tried Koivu and Granlund together even though they've been linemates before. Koivu and Heatley provide the size to keep Granlund out of too much trouble.

Parise, like Koivu, is an engine that can get an entire line going. I think that's what Brodziak and Bouchard need to get the scoring going again, and Bouchard will make enough pretty plays to give Parise good chances. Brodziak puts some grit alongside Butch.

Setoguchi, Cullen, and Clutterbuck all play a fast, physical game and can all chip in for two-way play, checking, energy, and also scoring.

Fourth line, no changes necessary right now.

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02-14-2013, 04:21 PM
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We haven't tried Koivu and Granlund together even though they've been linemates before. Koivu and Heatley provide the size to keep Granlund out of too much trouble.
False.

Granlund played either wing or center on 2nd line in the WC while Koivu centered the 1st line. Occasionally they had a chance to play together in middle of a line change or a similar situation, and always produced.

I would like to see them together as well.


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02-14-2013, 04:39 PM
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False.

Granlund played either wing or center on 2nd line in the WC while Koivu centered the 1st line. Occasionally they had a chance to play together in middle of a line change or a similar situation, and always produced.

I would like to see them together as well.
When has MiG played center in the WC? I don't remember that at all.

Basically, from what I remember, Jalonen put MiG on the 1st line for short periods of time when the team no longer had anything to lose; first in the SF when we were down 1-6 and then in the bronze game. That first try-out led to a goal. I would say that at least in the bronze game it was no longer just a matter of being in the middle of a line change. IIRC, after we were down 1-3 after the 1st period, MiG took JJ's place on the first line for a while and looked great there. He kept on trying to get Mikko to score over and over again, but he just couldn't get it in. It wasn't about a lack of effort, though. For that stretch in the game those two seemed to be the only skaters who were at least trying to do something.

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02-14-2013, 11:50 PM
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I can't stand all of these new people. Jesus Christ. Were not playing THAT bad. It's going to take time. 1st line looked good, keep them together. Stop this buyout Heatley nonsense. He's our 3rd best forward. It's not close.


Granlund looks good. He's now one of our best forecheckers and making things happening shift in and shift out. Still thinks he looks better offensively as a winger, but he is very defensively responsible IMO. Granlund looks good.

Seto looks good too. Not finishing obviously, but he's still playing hard. Seto-Brodz-Granlund looked really really good. Brodz is that bruising guy that helps Granlund.


There's our top 2 lines right now.

Parise-Koivu-Heatley
Seto-Brodziak-Granlund


We want puck possession right? Or, at least that's what all you guys are crying about. Ok, let's play Pierre Marc. Sure he has some faults, but he's also our best guy at carrying the puck into the zone and making things happen. He's going to lose the puck more than other guys too simply because he's trying to make plays instead of safely dumping it. Insert him 3rd line.

If Clutterbuck is out for a while...call up Zucker. From what I've heard Zucker isn't afraid to play a little physical and basically play like Seto (with finishing ability) Put him on the 3rd line. Center then with Cullen. (Defensively responsible, good face off man. Speedy. That can be our speed line)

Let's recap we've now got...

Parise-Koivu-Heatley
Seto-Brodz-Granlund
Bouchard-Cullen-Zucker

The 4th line that obviously leaves Mitchell, Konopka, Rupp.

So,

Parise-Koivu-Heatley
Seto-Brodz-Granlund
Bouchard-Cullen-Zucker
Mitchell, Konopka, Rupp


There's your 4 offensive lines.

Defensively again the first line is obvious Suter/Brodin.

Gilbert is the guy obviously on the second pairing. Who do we pair with him?

Well what are we all claiming for? Puck possession...tape to tape passes...clean breakouts...etc. So, who do we want to play as little as possible? Falk/Stoner.

Who is arguably our best defense at that? Spurgeon. (Don't give me any bull about the goal today, that was simply bad luck and he was out there with Falk.)

Gilbert is also probably our most physical defense so this would work pretty well.

Top 4

Suter/Brodin
Gilbert/Spurg

Obviously, I think we would all cringe at the thought of Falk/Stoner out there together. That means putting one of these guys through waivers. Which, i'm 100% fine with. These guys are dime a dozen.

Call up Scandella. He's struggled, but they guy is mobile and can skate. Which, is what we need to turn this team's identity into. I'd keep Stoner

D-Pairings look like...

Suter/Brodin
Gilbert/Spurg
Stoner/Scandella


Lines overall look like...

Parise-Koivu-Heater
Seto-Brodz-Granlund
Butch-Cullen-Zucker
Rupp-Konopka-Mitchell


Suter/Brodin
Gilbert/Spurg
Stoner/Scandella

If you want to hold onto the puck the best with the players we have this is the way too do it.


**Let things click and mesh for awhile. IF things are still going bad...call up Larssen. Replace Cullen or Brodz. Out of those 3 pick your line 2-3 center as you see fit. If things get really bad...sit both Brodz/Cullen. Move Granlund to center and call up Coyle.


Just me...

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02-17-2013, 09:44 AM
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I would love to see this line up here:

Zucker-Granlund-Coyle

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Here's a question; how many other teams have this many line combination issues?

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02-17-2013, 07:39 PM
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Parise-Koivu-Setoguchi
Zucker-Granlund-Coyle
Heatley-Brodziak-Clutterbuck
Rupp-Konopka/Cullen-Mitchell

Make it happen.

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02-17-2013, 10:49 PM
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Here's a question; how many other teams have this many line combination issues?
Look at it this way, it's a good problem to have, not like having Miettinen-Koivu and Bouchard-Belanger always penciled in every night. ;-)

Granlund is really playing a lot better right now, I think he warrants getting off the 4th line going forward.

Parise-Koivu-Heatley
Zucker-Granlund-Setoguchi
Cullen-Brodziak-Clutterbuck
Rupp-Konopka-Mitchell
*Larsson-Coyle

Suter-Brodin
Stoner-Gilbert
Prosser/Falk/Scandella-Spurgeon

PP #1:
Parise-Koivu-Heatley
Spurgeon-Suter

PP #2:
Zucker-Granlund-Setoguchi
Gilbert-Brodin

Make it happen.

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Look at it this way, it's a good problem to have, not like having Miettinen-Koivu and Bouchard-Belanger always penciled in every night. ;-)

Granlund is really playing a lot better right now, I think he warrants getting off the 4th line going forward.

Parise-Koivu-Heatley
Zucker-Granlund-Setoguchi
Cullen-Brodziak-Clutterbuck
Rupp-Konopka-Mitchell
*Larsson-Coyle

Suter-Brodin
Stoner-Gilbert
Prosser/Falk/Scandella-Spurgeon

PP #1:
Parise-Koivu-Heatley
Spurgeon-Suter

PP #2:
Zucker-Granlund-Setoguchi
Gilbert-Brodin

Make it happen.
I would like to see Brodz center the 4th line so we can still have him on the PK and Larson and Cullen center/wing on the 3rd.

What about PMB?

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I no longer want to see forwards on the blue line when it comes to the PP.

Spurgeon - Suter
Gilbert - Brodin

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