So, which players will skate for the first time on Monday?
Horcoff, RNH, and Petrell? Besides the guys in OKC of course coming up after the game tonight.
Am I the only one that isn't a fan of the captain of the team not showing up early when nearly the entire team is already here? I mean, it's not like he is hurt, playing elsewhere, or out of the country, all he's been doing is sitting in boardrooms for months.
There's tons of combos they can try, at the end of last year didn't RNH Eberle Hemsky look pretty good together as a line. And I've always like RNH with Hemsky. But I think they have to go with the kid line to start.
In 16 days no less. We better be at least 7 games above .500 entering that if we want a chance to make the playoffs. The funniest part is we play Chicago twice in the same road trip. So that's 16 points for Gagner on the trip.
Hall-Gagner-Eberle (give Gagner some confidence)
Hartikainen-RNH-Hemsky (RNH and Hemsky looked really good together at times, Harti with the big body presence)
Smyth-Horcoff-Yakupov (Yak can get broken in relatively slowly, bouncing between 2nd and 3rd lines. Can be the puck possession guy and driving threat on an otherwise checking line. Same thing for Smitty and Harti bouncing back and forth between 2nd and 3rd lines)
Eager-Belanger-Petrell (junk line)
Smid-Petry (easily their best pairing, by a country mile)
Schultz-Schultz (good sheltering and mentoring for J Schultz with defensive D Nick Schultz by his side. Yin and Yang sort of pairing)
Whitney-Peckham (healthy Whitney can elevate his partner's play, whoever it may be)