If you were coaching Game III, what would your line-up look like?
posted at 4/18/2011 8:56 AM EDT
I think a few minor tweaks are in order. Our overall lack of team speed is being exposed and EXPLOITED in a big way and If you notice, there's a guy on each line of our four lines who's skating falls far behind his linemates. Lucic cant skate with Krej and Horton. Ditto Rex with Bergy and March. Likewise Ryder with Kelly and Peverly, and lastly, Thornton cannot keep up with Campbell and Paille. So I think I'd be tempted to shuffle the deck, and create lines with more overall speed.
Caron in for Rex (granted that caron's not the best skater in the world, but he has young legs and Rex looks absolutely gassed to me)
Seguin in, Thornton out (Thorton brings nothing to the pary, and Tyler brings an immediate infusion of speed and skill. Do we lose some sandpaper? Sure we do, but grit hasn't gotten us very far to this point.
First two lines remain mostly intact, so some existing chemistry is maintained. Peverly looked dangerous and was getting great chances the last two weeks - reward the guy with a look on the first line and see if he can do something.
Seguin should bring something to Bergy's line. Bergy's also defensively responsible, so who better to put a defensive liability (Seguin) with than our best two-way centerman?
Kelly gets two new linemates. This is a wake up call for Lucic and Ryder going down to 3rd line minutes. Snap out of it, boys, time to step up and produce.
Fourth line gets a big body presence in Caron that can fight for pucks, is good along the boards and isnt afraid to take the body or go to the net...and he has some finish to his game (Moreso than Thorts, I daresay)
Lastly, I WOULD start Timmy, but I'd have him on a VERY short leash so Rask better be ready to go.