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Projecting the special teams

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  September 27, 2010 03:56 PM

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PP1: Tyler Seguin (half wall), Patrice Bergeron (goal line), Mark Recchi (net front), Zdeno Chara (point), Matt Hunwick (point).

PP2: David Krejci (half wall), Nathan Horton (goal line), Michael Ryder (high slot), Johnny Boychuk (point), Dennis Seidenberg (point).

PK1: Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Chara, Boychuk.

PK2: Bergeron, Recchi, Seidenberg, Andrew Ference.

PK3: Krejci, Blake Wheeler, Mark Stuart, Hunwick.

* Unlike previous seasons, when the power play has been weighted toward the No. 1 unit, we'll go with balance instead. Tyler Seguin has the half-wall skill to consider all his options -- Patrice Bergeron down low, Mark Recchi at the far post, Zdeno Chara at the point. I like Bergeron's hands and vision down low more than at the point, where he's been forced to play at times. Recchi in front is a no-brainer. Chara is the featured shooter at the point, with Matt Hunwick distributing the puck and scurrying down low.

* David Krejci mirrors Seguin's role on the left side. Horton can control the puck down low and step out for wristers. Michael Ryder isn't a true net-front presence for tips and rebounds. But with his shot, Ryder can be dangerous stepping into the high slot for snappers. Johnny Boychuk plays the Chara role of go-to point bomber. Dennis Seidenberg can also shoot and snap the puck around.

* Gregory Campbell replaces Steve Begin as Daniel Paille's partner. Bergeron and Recchi continue their partnership. Same with Krejci and Blake Wheeler.

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