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Lineups At Practice

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He should be swapped with Higgins, but having Raymond on the 4th line is going to do us no good. The playoffs are a fresh start, we'll see how he does.

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So Kassian isn't cracking the lineup or is still not healthy?

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um... yeah, the defence would pretty much kill us, with the exception of Hamhuis - Tanev.

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If Raymond stinks it up, throw Ebbett on the second line

Don't like having Rome starting. Would be more safe with either Alberts or Ballard out there and have Rome and Gragnani as backup

Salo can hopefully get some rest here and there on the 3rd pairing, but still be used for special teams

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I hope the coach switches Mayray to the 4th and Lappy to the 2nd, if Mason doesnt perform, cant win games with a soft top 6!

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Can Ballard hurry up and be healthy?!

Kassian probably gonna observe a playoff game before playing?

Iffy about the 2nd line

THANK GOD DANIEL IS BACK!

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I just hope that when Daniel comes back to the first line that Hank doesn't revert back to his previous play. He has entered absolute beast mode lately, and it's because he is hanging onto the puck.

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lapierre should be on the 2nd line and raymond on the 4th.. he's a playoff performer and with better linemates he can be a mini-daniel sedin..

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The fourth line needs Maxim Lapierre more than the second line. He's the engine that drives our fourth line. The line is lost and ineffective without Lapierre.

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With three weeks absence and a head injury I would think inserting Dan on the first is wishful thinking or just conditioning.

Daniel should play third line and PP minutes for the first games.

Ballard is practising with a blue helmet on so he is deemed physically ready but personally stated he felt he was not yet ready.

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3rd line so he can shutdown the kings top line? yeah, that's not going to work. Daniel will be fine. The sedins play a cerebral game and don't rely on a lot of speed to get it done. They've been playing together their entire life. Daniel will be fine. Our first line will be a big factor this series. They tend to play well in the playoffs as long as they aren't facing a norris-worthy shutdown pair (keithseabrook, chara, suter/weber)

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I don't want it to be the case, but the second line seems to play much better with Lappy than they had with MayRay.

I would like to see this line-up again:

Sedin-Sedin-Burr

Booth-Kes-Lappy

Higgins-Pahlsson-Hansen

Malhotra-Bitz-Weise

I also really like the effort Ebbett has put in compared to what Raymond has shown lately (except for the one game after MayRay's healthy scratch). I just don't see Raymond being effective against the quality of defence LA offers and I think him occupying the press box would be best for the team.

Edit: The defence pairings is not a big deal imo. I am comfortable with Hamhuis and Tanev as our shutdown pair.

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Ballard, PLEASE hurry up and come back to the line-up. You can't go wrong with having one of the best skaters in the NHL, instead of a guy like Aaron Rome.

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Very balanced lineup. When we are on the road AV will have to do less line matching with our bottom six very defensively sound. And If Raymond starts out how he finishes the year. It will be a short stint on the second line.

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So Daniel is back but Ballard is not?

What the frack?

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I disagree, that's Keith Ballard's bread and butter. The tape-to-tape breakout pass and rushing the puck. He wasn't able to do any of that because he had been playing the right side since November and just a few games before he was injured.

Ballard will be a valuable player against the Los Angeles Kings if they trap it up and clog up the neutral zone. He could be key to breaking the trap because he displays the best vision out of all of our defencemen.

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