Line-ups from game time threads are:
Patrick Marleau Joe Thornton Devin Setoguchi
Dany Heatley Logan Couture Ryan Clowe Torrey Mitchell Joe Pavelski Kyle Wellwood
Jamie McGinn Scott Nichol Jamal Mayers
Johan Franzen Pavel Datsyuk Tomas Holmstrom
Todd Bertuzzi Henrik Zetterberg Danny Cleary Justin Abdelkader Valtteri Filppula Jiri Hudler
Kris Draper Darren Helm Patrick Eaves
D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Burrows
Higgins - Kesler - Raymond Torres - Lapierre - Hansen
Glass - Hodgson - Samuelsson
Definitely thinking that we will be talking about the bottom 6 in our next matchup, especially because I don't think it is as good as SJ or Det. How would you all rank them?
Top 5 Players in the Bottom 6's are IMO Pavelski, Hansen, Draper, Wellwood, and Filppula.
san jose has 4 deep centers that can really win the faceoffs. van has 2. henrik/kesler. lappy's been pretty good as well.
Lapierre has been our best faceoff man overall, even if he takes less of them than the rest. Kesler wasn't very good against Chicago (if I recall correctly) but has stepped up against Nashville (in a huge way). Henrik is injured and will be around 50% at best.
Detroit's bottom six has been pretty lack-luster in the series against the Sharks; they were just talking about how much Filppula has been sucking, and wasn't Hudler out for Miller last game? Suppose they could turn it up against us hypothetically, but sure aren't showing signs of it.
San Jose's third line is somewhat problematic without Manny, but Lapierre has been doing quite well, and really the only reason I worry about that line is Pavelski anyways...Wellwood and Mitchell are pretty average third liners, and we can match that pretty easily.
This is where the loss of Malhotra is absolutely huge. Normally, with him in the lineup, I'd be fine comparing our third line to any in the league as his defensive prowess makes up for the lack of offensive prowess in comparison to a line that has guys like Pavelski and Filppula. Hopefully Lapierre and Torres can step up their games offensively as we really need some more offense from our bottom 6. I also thought that Samuelsson was done for at least a little while? If he is indeed healthy, having him in the bottom 6 does help a lot even if his play has been somewhat erratic up until this point.
I think we're better without Samuelsson. I hate seeing him come up the ice knowing he's going to do a drop pass and get intercepted by the other team. Or having him lose the puck at the blue on a PP and then have no legs to go after the other player. (injured in his defence, but then, get well or don't put yourself in those situations - or have your coach put you in those situations.. either or.) Tamby's gotta be hungry to make a difference after being a scratch for so long. Maybe there's some chemistry to be had with him and Hodgson. It would be interesting to see a Oreo/Hodgson/Tamby fourth.
Loss of Manny def hurts our third, but Lappy's done quite well for face offs. Dare I say he'll throw the body around harder than Manny will?
Sounds like there are some injuries to the other teams' bottom sixes as well... Clowe didn't make trip to DET, so that may change the make up of the third/fourth for SJ.
IMO Tambellini played better in one game than Samuelsson played in any of the previous games. His speed is very valuable. Especially against SJ he'll be one of our most valuable bottom 6 forwards.
Yeah, I agree. Samuelsson really struggled the last while. He still picked up some points here and there but he was skating worse than usual and making poor decisions with the puck. Hope he can get make it back for the finals after a short rest.