Hey...we are talking about a FOURTH line here. They can match physically the Sabres' fourth line at least.
I don't know, Peters is one tough customer. I think they go with Peters-Gaustad-Mair on that 4th line. Those are all tough, gritty guys who can play effective energy line duties. Given 8 mins a game, they can be a very physical and effective.
I think we can match them physically/grit wise, but without Downey we lack someone on the forwards who can go with Peters if need be.
NO WAY Carbo puts Lats & Lapierre on tha same line, Sabres will eat them up. Remember Peters will be out there Vs the 4th line and he hits like a truck. I think Carbo will try to shelter the two rookies with more experience. We could see a 3 line 3rd period with Perez - Johnson - Begin playing on the 3rd and Murray - Lapierre - Latendresse nailed to the bench. I hope though that Murray - Lapierre - Latendresse electrify the Bell centre and play the game of their lives.
Go Habs Go
I see it as no way you put Lats on a line that will see any significant amount of ice time. He's still very confused in the defensive zone.
It's kind of funny that some people were giving the calder Cup to the Buldogs before season started because of all these great rookies. That's the word: "rookies". They are very "green" in Hamilton this year. Or maybe a better coach than Dan Lever is required.
They appear to be. There are glimpses of what we can expect in the future but the consistancy and experience are shown to be lacking every now and again. Hopefully towards the end of the season, these rookies will hit their stride and the new veterans will have found their place on the team and we might have a chance to fight for the playoffs once we establish some strength as a team. As for Don Lever, well, I'm not a fan of his. Maybe he'd do better with a more experienced team, but with all the constant change (both between and during games) I find it hard to imagine rookies having an easy time adapting to a new league and new teammates. I think time will solve a few of the issues regarding individuals play but as far as the team goes, as a Military officer once said of a recruit: "he has a full six-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it all together". Hopefully Lever can find a few 'plastic thingies' for the team. Failing that, glue, cement or a sturdy box (preferably not of the 'penalty' variety as the team already spends way too much time in those).