OK since clearly I'm disagreeing with a few of you about the lineup how about I explain what I think it should be and why, so you know where I'm coming from.
Clearly the top line on the team, Giroux and Voracek are great playmakers who need someone to set up since both hesitate to shoot. Schenn has a pretty good shot that he's not able to use very often because he hasn't really been on a line with any playmakers. When playing with Hartnell, Simmonds, or Lecavelier he was the one usually the one in that role. The reason I have him at LW instead of center is because I believe the only way Vinny can become productive again is by going back to center.
The 2nd line, I think, would be the best way to get the most out of both Lecavelier and Hartnell. Hartnell and Simmonds are best when they're fighting along the boards and in front of the net. Lecavelier is best when he can just focus on shooting with Simmonds and Hartnell to bang in the rebounds.
This line is very strong defensively and can certainly generate some offense too. I'd prefer Raffl here instead of Downie because I think he's better defensively, extremely hardworking, far more disciplined, and although he might be a little less skilled offensively.
This line could be OK defensively with a chance to pitch in offensively once in a while.
If we lose to this Red Wings team, I can't wait to see some of those threads on our board. No, Franzen, no Dats, no Zetterberg, shesh.
The Red Wings' current top six is basically the top six from the Griffins team that won the AHL championship last season. This was Grand Rapids' top six:
Nyquist - Andersson - Tatar
Jurco - Sheahan - Francis Pare
+Brian Lashoff in the defence.
Pare is playing in the KHL. Abdelkader replaces him and there you have it. I remember how the Red Wings won the Flyers in October after you guys had injuries to Lecavalier, Hartnell and someone else in the previous game. Now the tables are turned, we'll see what kind of a fight our youngsters put up.