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What Happened to Higgins-Roy-Hansen?


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When Mike Gillis acquired Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars for our 2nd-round draft pick in this year's draft, along with Kevin Connauton (who is leading the AHL Playoffs in goals and points by defenseman, I might add), pretty much everyone in the organization said they saw Roy slotting in as their 3rd line center between Higgins and Hansen.

We went with this combination for three games before Higgins was injured, and our results were:

3-0, 11 Goals For, 2 Goals Against.

No, the line itself didn`t light it up (3 points in those games), but they were +5 and weren`t on the ice for a goal against. Roy said he enjoyed centering the duo, and had immediate chemistry with Higgins on his left side, while Hansen worked his tail off on the right. And yes, it should be pointed out that those wins were against CAL, EDM, and PHO, but they were dominate wins, and a win, is a win, is a win. We could use one of those now.

Since Higgins has returned, the line has not been reunited. I have no idea why. It`s an excellent 3rd line, as management originally expected. AV, make one simple move and put a line that has worked so well back together.

Also,

- Put Kassian with the Sedins to create space for them and park his frame in front of Niemi.

- Let Kesler elevate the games of Burrows and Raymond on his wings.

- At least use Pinizzotto or Sestito since you let Volpatti walk in favour of them.

- Lappy should center one of them with Weise on a 4th line that plays 8-10 minutes.

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Watching the Toronto game tonight and Carlyle was changing the make up of the lines every shift. Four new players in their lineup tonight after the first loss...why can't AV change things up? Try splitting the Sedin's for a couple shifts, trying other people on their line etc.

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Watching the Toronto game tonight and Carlyle was changing the make up of the lines every shift. Four new players in their lineup tonight after the first loss...why can't AV change things up? Try splitting the Sedin's for a couple shifts, trying other people on their line etc.

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Higgins and Hansen have been our best wingers, which is why they're playing with Kesler right now.

However, if you drop Burrows to Kesler's line, we have 3 scoring lines:

Sedin - Sedin - Kassian

Burrows - Kesler - Raymond

Higgins - Roy - Hansen

Weise - Lapierre - Sestito

Instead, for whatever reason AV wants to stay with this:

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows (ice cold - Burr is getting manhandled out there and the Sedins have no one to pass to because of it)

Higgins - Kesler - Hansen (Higgins and Kesler are our only productive forwards right now)

Raymond - Roy - Kassian (0 chemistry, a mix of completely different players who play the game at different paces and styles)

Weise - Lapierre - Ebbett (Weise and Ebbett played less than 4 minutes each last game, wtf)

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I haven't supported the Kassian with the Sedins idea until now but I can see it working as a decoy line now. Put him with the Sedins on the deadweight line and hope the Kesler and Roy lines can carry them. If the Sedins are not going to do anything they can at least draw off some of the Sharks checkers.

Burrows - Kesler - Raymond

Higgins - Roy - Hansen

Sedin - Sedin - Kassian

Pinnozotto Lapierre Weise

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