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How Do You Win a Stanley Cup?

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How do you win a Stanley Cup?

I asked Trevor Linden that in Penticton, when the young stars were playing the week before NHL training camp opened up.

He said, "Build a playoff team, then get them through the regular season."

Well, the playoffs have been confirmed. Now we see if this team has what it takes.

Here is how the lines will look, heading into the postseason:

Because we do not know when Zack Kassian or Brad Richardson will return, we still need to factor them into the lineup for next week.

1. Sedin - Sedin - Burrows / Sedin - Sedin - Burrows

2. Higgins - Bonino - Vrbata / Matthias - Bonino - Vrbata

3. Dorsett - Richardson - Kassian / Kenins - Horvat - Hansen

highlighted means currently injured

4. Higgins - Horvat - Hansen / Matthias - Vey - Dorsett

Where does Kenins fit in once Richardson and Kassian return. Maybe Kassian and Kenins take turns in and out of the lineup.

On Defence, Alex Edler must be with with Chris Tanev. Edler is at his best when he has a solid stay at home defence partner like Tanev to cover his mistakes.

1. Edler - Tanev

2. Hamhuis -Weber

3. Bieksa - Sbisa

What do you think the lines should be? Have your say below...


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And your defensive lineups are good.

I think Kassian goes on the first line to act as a Marty McSorely Richardson works the Bottom 6 C, and Vey and Kenins come out. It's a tough problem when you have this many players that are actually good.

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Move Bieksa up to the 2nd pairing. Speed might be questionable on that pairing, but the leadership and overall play will be better. Weber's been playing well, but him and Hamhuis don't have chemistry together.

Kassian and Vrbata could both be options with the Sedins if a spark is needed. Vey should come out.

So, overall I'm thinking, if healthy:

Sedins/Burrows

Higgins/Bonino/Vrbata

Matthias/Richardson/Kassian

Dorsett/Horvat/Hansen

Edler/Tanev

Hamhuis/Bieksa

Sbisa/Weber

Miller or Lack

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