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08-17-2006, 03:21 PM
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Line possibilities under LEWIS

LEWIS likes to think lines in terms of tamdems so you might see him put together three scoring tandems, adding a defensive winger to each tandem, rounding out three main lines. His fourth line is typically a grinding/energy/rookie type collage. With that said, I wouldn't be surprised to see something like...

KALUS/TENKRAT/STASTNY-BERGERON-BOYES
AXELSSON-SAVARD-MURRAY
STURM-KESSEL-DONOVAN
STASTNY/TENKRAT-PRIMEAU-MOWERS/KARSUMS

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08-17-2006, 03:23 PM
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I don't think you'll see Axe on the second line, that's taking him off the checking line, which is taking him away from his comfort zone.

In fact, those lines are horrible.

I think it's going to be what many do:

Sturm/Bergeron/Boyes
Kessel/Savard/Murray
Axe/Prems/Donovan
Everyone else

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stastny/tenkrat on the 1st line? Thanks for making me vomit.

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I don't think you'll see Axe on the second line, that's taking him off the checking line, which is taking him away from his comfort zone.

In fact, those lines are horrible.

I think it's going to be what many do:

Sturm/Bergeron/Boyes
Kessel/Savard/Murray
Axe/Prems/Donovan
Everyone else
excellent...thats what i think theyll be too

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I agree,the lines you posted are pretty horrible.

I think Axe stays on the 3rd line with Primeau and Donovan

The top line winger will either be Sturm or Kesell IMO

Kesell/Sturm-Bergeron Boyes

Kesell/Sturm-Savard-Murray

4th line all rookies

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I think the lines will be played with in the pre season. Lewis very well could put a defensive guy on each line to help out.. That said I like Axe on the first line

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LEWIS likes to think lines in terms of tamdems so you might see him put together three scoring tandems, adding a defensive winger to each tandem, rounding out three main lines. His fourth line is typically a grinding/energy/rookie type collage. With that said, I wouldn't be surprised to see something like...

KALUS/TENKRAT/STASTNY-BERGERON-BOYES
AXELSSON-SAVARD-MURRAY
STURM-KESSEL-DONOVAN
STASTNY/TENKRAT-PRIMEAU-MOWERS/KARSUMS
I would vomit with these lines.

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I can see them swapping sturm with kessel (if he makes the team), but besides that, the top 3 lines seem pretty set.

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I can see them swapping sturm with kessel, but besides that, the top 3 lines seem pretty set.
I would agree...

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If the philosophy of having 3 scoring lines with 3 scorers and a defensive forward on each is followed your lines make sense but I don't think it will happen. At least at first. I think Lewis will play it safe and go with 2 scoring, 1 defensive and 1 banging lines. If that doesn't work out then I can see playing but not until then. I expect the Sturm-Bergeron-Boyes line to stay together with Kessel (depending on training camp) playing with Savard and Murray (both experienced players). I would not be surprised to see Murray moved to LW though.

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LEWIS likes to think lines in terms of tamdems so you might see him put together three scoring tandems, adding a defensive winger to each tandem, rounding out three main lines. His fourth line is typically a grinding/energy/rookie type collage. With that said, I wouldn't be surprised to see something like...

KALUS/TENKRAT/STASTNY-BERGERON-BOYES
AXELSSON-SAVARD-MURRAY
STURM-KESSEL-DONOVAN
STASTNY/TENKRAT-PRIMEAU-MOWERS/KARSUMS
Not too fond of those lines...

Tenkrat or Stastny on the 1st line would be disastrous. I think Kalus being on the first line is a longshot as well. He would have to REALLY impress in camp or show some exceptional chemistry with Bergeron or Boyes. Axelsson has had a role and he's been very good at it since he started his NHL career. I dont think this is the time to be exploring new roles for him. Putting him on the 2nd line is putting an expectation on him to score goals imo, and that might be a detriment to his game. He is an amazing defensive forward and should remain just that. I wouldn't be opposed to throwing him out there with the 1st or 2nd line at key times in a game if they have a lead, but not as a permanent line combination. Kessel should be a winger. Boston has plenty of experienced centerman and putting him as a 3rd line center would be detrimental to his game. Also Sturm and Donovan probably aren't the best guys to put with a 18-19 yr old fresh out of college with question marks about his maturity etc. He needs a mentor and no offense to either, but they are just not someone I would put a guy like Kessel into the hands of.

I think the lines should be:

Kessel/Sturm-Bergeron-Boyes
Kessel/Sturm-Savard-Murray
Axelsson-Primeau/Stastny-Donovan
Kalus/Karsums/Tenkrat/Hoggan-Primeau/Stastny-Mowers/Brookbank

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I would vomit with these lines.
as would I.

Seriously Taz, leave the team as is for the time being...Sturm on the 3rd line would be an utter mistake by the Bruins, he was amazing for the Bruins last year and to take him away from Bergeron (or Savard) would really hurt him and the team.

There is no need Tenkrat or Stastny on the top line..I mean thats a huge waste..

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I don't think you'll see Axe on the second line, that's taking him off the checking line, which is taking him away from his comfort zone.

In fact, those lines are horrible.

I think it's going to be what many do:

Sturm/Bergeron/Boyes
Kessel/Savard/Murray
Axe/Prems/Donovan
Everyone else

I think the lines will start out this way but at the end of the year I would expect Kessel and Sturm to be switched around.

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08-17-2006, 03:49 PM
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I think there is no way they can break up the top line from last year. Probably the only bright spot on last years team aside from Thomas.

The second and third line will be intersting though. I would love to see Kessel on that second line all year but i dont know if hes ready for that yet.

Axellson, Primeau and Donovan will make one of, if not the best checking line in the game. I can never say it enough, axellson is THE BEST shutdown player in the world.

I think the fourth line will change from a game to game basis throughout the year.

Opening night:

Sturm Bergeron Boyes
Kessel Savard Murray
Axellson Primeau Donovan
Tenkrat - Mowers - stastny

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This is my guess for the 23 man roster:

Sturm - Bergeron - Boyes
Kessel - Savard - Murray
Axelsson - Primeau - Donovan
Karsums - Stastny - Kalus

Mowers
Tenkrat

Chara - Stuart
Mara - Jurcina
Alberts - Stuart

York

Toivonen
Thomas

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This is my guess for the 23 man roster:

Sturm - Bergeron - Boyes
Kessel - Savard - Murray
Axelsson - Primeau - Donovan
Karsums - Stastny - Kalus

Mowers
Tenkrat

Chara - Stuart
Mara - Jurcina
Alberts - Stuart

York

Toivonen
Thomas
I like it alot! Except I would put Dempsey in M.Stuart's spot.

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Shouldn't Kessel play at center instead of left wing? What is his natural position?

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Shouldn't Kessel play at center instead of left wing? What is his natural position?
I believe he is a natural center, but because he is so young and center is a very difficult position to play, he would be better suited starting on the wing. Centers are expected to backcheck a lot and play a more 2-way game and Kessel can't support a line like that. I would convert him to LW for the time being.

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LEWIS likes to think lines in terms of tamdems so you might see him put together three scoring tandems, adding a defensive winger to each tandem, rounding out three main lines. His fourth line is typically a grinding/energy/rookie type collage. With that said, I wouldn't be surprised to see something like...

KALUS/TENKRAT/STASTNY-BERGERON-BOYES
AXELSSON-SAVARD-MURRAY
STURM-KESSEL-DONOVAN
STASTNY/TENKRAT-PRIMEAU-MOWERS/KARSUMS
i have to ask in all seriousness: have you EVER seen a hockey game before?

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This is my guess for the 23 man roster:

Sturm - Bergeron - Boyes
Kessel - Savard - Murray
Axelsson - Primeau - Donovan
Karsums - Stastny - Kalus

Mowers
Tenkrat

Chara - Stuart
Mara - Jurcina
Alberts - Stuart

York

Toivonen
Thomas
Yes; or something v-e-r-y much like it. Of course.

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Probably not as many as you

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i have to ask in all seriousness: have you EVER seen a hockey game before?
Because I was too busy playing, not sitting on a couch, wishing I had the parts to partake!

Read the $#@%^ post, all I am saying is that it wouldn't surprise me based on LEWIS' past. I am not encouraging that he does it. WAKE the %$%# up!

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Because I was too busy playing, not sitting on a couch, wishing I had the parts to partake!

Read the $#@%^ post, all I am saying is that it wouldn't surprise me based on LEWIS' past. I am not encouraging that he does it. WAKE the %$%# up!
If you had the parts to partake you would not be posting on this board. Were you too busy playing Playstation or X-Box?

Anyways, I dont see Tenkrat/Statsny on the first line, nor Axe on the 2nd line.

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Good comeback!

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If you had the parts to partake you would not be posting on this board. Were you too busy playing Playstation or X-Box?

Anyways, I dont see Tenkrat/Statsny on the first line, nor Axe on the 2nd line.
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Because I was too busy playing, not sitting on a couch, wishing I had the parts to partake!

Read the $#@%^ post, all I am saying is that it wouldn't surprise me based on LEWIS' past. I am not encouraging that he does it. WAKE the %$%# up!
I'm with you on this one Taz.

I'd think that for most of the past 10 years Bruins fans should be willing to give their right arm if the B's could have had the success that the Wings did, yet many here mock the system that helped them have that success.

Jeff From Maine has touted this practice for years here (2 offensive forwards, complimented by a defensive presence on each of the top 3 lines) specifically referencing Detroit, yet many here want to continue with the same old 2 scoring lines, 1 defensive line, and a fourth line, which has been so successful for the B's.

I may not agree with your lines, but I do like the theory.

I'd go with;

Sturm - Bergeron - Boyes
Axelsson - Savard - Murray
Donovan - Primeau - Kessel

If Kessel proves to be a factor then he can always get pp minutes with the 2nd unit or the lines can be re-vamped so that he can play with more offensive linemates.

In actuality, I'd really like to see;

Sturm - Bergeron - Primeau
Axelsson - Savard - Murray
Donovan - Boyes - Kessel

But I don't wan't to get ripped again for breaking up the Sturm, Bergeron , Boyes line that led them to the 5th worst record in the NHL.

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Not even close.

You can't argue with Sturm-Bergeron-Boyes at the top

Second line, I think, will feature Savard and Murray with their LW eventually being Kessel, but could also have Kalus on it for a little while.

Third line is pretty straightforward with Axelsson-Primeau-Donovan

Then there's everybody else (including, apparently, Tom Fitzgerald?)

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