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#61 Teen Icarus

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 02:04 PM

OK, so going into the playoffs, it looks like

Sedin-Sedin-Kassian (scoring plus protection)
Higgins-Roy-Kesler (Great second line)
Burrows-Lappy-Hansen (great shutdown line)
Raymond-Ebbet-Wiese (decent fourth line, although it could use more size)

Booth could fill in for Raymond, and Burrows and Kassian could switch if necessary.
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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:04 PM

If we leave Roy with Kesler, I think we need to call up Schroeder to have another solid natural center.

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows
Higgins - Roy- Kesler
Raymond - Lapierre - Hansen
Booth - Schroeder - Kassian

if completely healthy we have a 4 line deep attack.
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#63 Drouin

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:22 PM

Call up Schroeder, scratch Weise.

Daniel - Henrik - Kassian
Higgins - Kesler - Roy
Burrows - Lapierre - Hansen
Raymond - Schroeder - Booth

Awesome line-up, if Booth returns though :(
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 12:13 AM

Awesome line-up, if Booth returns though :(


That's an awesome line up but has no or very little physical presence -- and we won't win with just speed as we figured a couple of seasons ago!!
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 08:24 AM

I liked the forward line up in the last game.

Ebbett centering the 4th line is better than Schroeder. He's got way more NHL experience.
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 11:05 AM

Raymond-Lapierre-Hansen makes a perfect checking line.
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Untouchables: Tanev, Jensen, Kassian
Mostly untouchable: Sedins (need someone to man the fort and no trade value)
Open to trade: Everyone else
Drive to airport: Bieksa, Edler

Bring back: Ehrhoff

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:54 PM

I'd go

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows
Raymond - Kesler - Kassian
Higgins - Roy - Hansen
Sestito - Lapierre - Pinizotto

for the playoffs.

Next year, I'd love to see

Sedin - Sedin - Kassian
Burrows - Kesler - Hansen
Higgins - Roy - Jensen

as the top 9.

We need to re-sign Roy, though. He has been key to really kicking us into gear.
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#68 Herberts Vasiljevs

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:03 PM

I liked the forward line up in the last game.

Ebbett centering the 4th line is better than Schroeder. He's got way more NHL experience.


Finally. At least somebody has the right idea. Ebbett may be a tiny little schlong but he's a good utility center who can take draws and has playoff experience. I think he's been getting way more hate than he deserves. I wouldn't say he's a given to start in the playoffs (which I know many of you hope to God not), but I have a couple likely scenarios in place:

(with Roy sticking around wit Kesler):

Sedin-Sedin-Burrows
Higgy-Roy-Kesler
Raymond-Lapierre-Hansen
Weise-Ebbett-Kassian

(a deeper, more balance lineup with Roy playing on the third (not a demotion)):

Sedin-Sedin-Burrows
Raymond-Kesler-Hansen
Higgins-Roy-Kassian
Sestito/Ebbett-Lapierre-Weise

These are two very evenly balanced lineups.

All in all, I believe that the Sedins need Burrows with them because he's such a smart player, has a nose for the net, and plays a tenacious game come playoff time. There's no way in hell we can split Roy and Higgins, as they seem to give eachother a kick in the butt and play better when paired together. Then Raymond with Hansen is too much a speedy pairing to split up and they have some good chemistry going this season, and with Kesler and Lapierre both being speedy centers, any of those two can easily gel with that pairing.

Any two of these forward lineup are physically balanced and ready to go for the playoffs. I say whichever lineup we go with in the 1st round depends on the opponent. I believe my first proposal would suit against a scoring team like the Sharks, and my second proposal would go against physical shutdown teams like the Blues or the Kings. It's almost certain that we'll be playing one of those three teams in the first round.

Our offense looks hella deep, but let's just pray to God that AV doesn't juggle the lines before the playoffs start (like he did last year).

Edited by I'm Brick Tamland, 24 April 2013 - 09:04 PM.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:09 PM

Best second line in the NHL. With Roy, we now have 4 players hovering around the point-per-game mark. I'd much rather have 4 players scoring at a 70 point pace than 2 players (Malkin and Crosby) scoring at a 100 point pace. Depth wins playoff games.

Sedin - Sedin - Kassian
Higgins - Kesler - Roy
Raymond - Burrows - Hansen
Weise - Lapierre - Sestito

Hamhuis - Bieksa
Edler - Corrado
Garrison - Alberts

That's a very physical, playoff-ready defence.

I'd probably rather have Malkin and Crosby LOL. Those two could turn any wingers into 70 point guys.
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:27 PM

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 10:15 PM

We arent winning any series against LA or St. Louis with Andrew or Jordan centering lines in the playoffs , get with the program.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:59 AM

If we leave Roy with Kesler, I think we need to call up Schroeder to have another solid natural center.

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows
Higgins - Roy - Kesler
Raymond - Lapierre - Hansen
Booth - Schroeder - Kassian

if completely healthy we have a 4 line deep attack.

This is so close to what I want to see. Quoted for that reason.

Sedin - Sedin - Kassian
Higgins - Kesler - Roy
Burrows - Lapierre - Hansen
Weise - Pinizzotto (his actual position) - Sestito
Raymond

vs St.Louis

I like that fourth line. Quoted for that reason.

My overall line-up would be as follows (assuming everyone is healthy).

F1. Sedin - Sedin - Burrows
F2. Higgins - Roy - Kesler
F3. Booth - Lapierre - Hansen
F4a. Raymond - Schroeder - Kassian
F4b. Weise - Pinizzotto - Sestito

D1. Hamhuis - Bieksa
D2. Edler - Corrado
D3. Garrison - Alberts
D*. Ballard - Tanev

Reasoning:

F1 : Scoring and offensive zone grinding via dominant puck possession on the boards.
F2 : Scoring and speed (which wears out opponents for a different reason than F1).
F3 : Grinding via speed and grit, plus secondary scoring.
F4a : Speed with a side of grit, plus tertiary scoring.
F4b : Pure grit and toughness to swing momentum back on our side when necessary (and maybe even for the first or second game of the series to wear out the opponents early).

Obviously there are many ways to mix and match the lines, but the above is what I'd try out to begin with.

As for the 4 D pairings, I think they're all solid mixes of offense and defense and will work well throughout the entire playoffs if they can stay healthy. I'm 100% expecting Corrado to play like he did in his debut. I'm not entirely sure how I'd slide Ballard and Tanev into the line-up if the other 3 pairings are playing well, hence the D* designation. Barker is purely a depth D.

Edited by Jamada, 25 April 2013 - 06:40 AM.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 09:11 AM

Look, the issue FOREVER and a day on this team has been lack of NHL calibre centers and now you want to take 2 of them and put them on one line??!!! Seriously??? You want Ebbett playing 4th line center for the playoffs?? He'll get ground up and spit out!!! In the late stages of the game (shortening the bench) or depending on the opponent then yes put them together, otherwise spread out the wealth and use the depth at the position!!!
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:54 PM

Call up Schroeder, scratch Weise.

Daniel - Henrik - Kassian
Higgins - Kesler - Roy
Burrows - Lapierre - Hansen
Raymond - Schroeder - Booth


You know the team is stacked as hell when Raymond AND Booth are playing on the 4th line. You could match that 4th line with any 4th line in the NHL and see it dominate on the offensive zone. Am hoping Booth is back so he can provide that much needed depth to put us over the top.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:04 PM

I'd go

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows
Raymond - Kesler - Kassian
Higgins - Roy - Hansen
Sestito - Lapierre - Pinizotto

for the playoffs.

Next year, I'd love to see

Sedin - Sedin - Kassian
Burrows - Kesler - Hansen
Higgins - Roy - Jensen

as the top 9.

We need to re-sign Roy, though. He has been key to really kicking us into gear.


Roy is also not that much old and could eventually take over the 1st line center position once the Sedins retire. He could potentially be a nice stop gap until we draft and develop a number 1 center. Hopefully we re-sign him since we badly need his playmaking skills.
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