i can see it being a useful strategy in certain situations. like the end of the second period last game. o'brien was trapped on the ice for an icing call. AV kept the kesler line out there, but there was just under 30 seconds left in the period. made sense to send sedin sedin kesler out there to try to pot a late one.
but as a regular line, that's a pretty bad idea given our already precarious center depth.
The Sedins/Kesler is good on the powerplay for the same reason it would be detrimental at even strength.. On the powerplay Kesler can stand in front of the net which ties up a defenseman. That leaves 1D and 2F to protect the Sedins/Ehrhoff/Edler to cycle until a lane opens. It also means that the Canucks can usually regain possession by out-numbering the Preds down low or along the half boards.
None of that applies at even strength.. To say nothing of the matchup they would face (Weber/Suter), and how unfrightening our 2nd/3rd lines would be..
Only way this happens is if Hodgson slots in and is really impressing AV, so he pushes Kesler up a line to try and jump start the Sedins. With Hodgson currently out of the line up though, I don't like this move. The only way I could see this happening is maybe for an offensive zone faceoff after an icing call or something like that, then Kesler gets off as soon as they clear it.
I'm been hoping AV does this since the Chicago series. Just load up a line from time to time. Chicago did it with Toews-Kane-Hossa/Sharp (depending on who was hot) and Detroit does it with Zetterberg/Dats/Franzen.
I would be in favor of doing this on the fly from time to time. Chicago loaded up a top line once in a while when they wanted to push harder and it seemed effective. I don't think it would be a good idea to do this all game though.
To wake up the troupes or to wake up the sedins. Yes. asa a line for a game... no because then our depth is shot. if we still had manny... then ya could work at time, manny sliding into #2 and raymond or lappy filling #3