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#1 USC09

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:12 AM

So, the Devils look to be close to full health, here is how the lines should be:

With Zajac returning:

Parise Zajac Tedenby
Kovalchuk Henrique Clarkson
Zubrus Elias Sykora
Sestito Carter Janssen
Extras: Palmieri, Boulton

With Zajac and Josefson:

Parise Zajac Clarkson
Kovalchuk Josefson Henrique
Zubrus Elias Sykora
Tedenby Carter Janssen/Palmieri
Extras: Palmieri, Boulton
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:20 AM

So, the Devils look to be close to full health, here is how the lines should be:

With Zajac returning:

Parise Zajac Tedenby
Kovalchuk Henrique Clarkson
Zubrus Elias Sykora
Sestito Carter Janssen
Extras: Palmieri, Boulton

With Zajac and Josefson:

Parise Zajac Clarkson
Kovalchuk Josefson Henrique
Zubrus Elias Sykora
Tedenby Carter Janssen/Palmieri
Extras: Palmieri, Boulton


Why split Henrique and Parise? They have obvious chemistry, a lot more so than Henrique and Kovy. And whilst I like Tedenby, he has not earned to play #1 RW.
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:22 AM

With Zajac and Josefson:

Parise Henrique Kovalchuk
Elias Zajac Zubrus
Tedenby Josefson Clarkson
Sestito Carter Sykora
Extras: Palmieri, Boulton, Janssen
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:35 AM

With Zajac and Josefson:

Parise Henrique Kovalchuk
Elias Zajac Zubrus
Tedenby Josefson Clarkson
Sestito Carter Sykora
Extras: Palmieri, Boulton, Janssen


Sykora on 4th line? Really? I would do this:

Parise - Zajac - Henrique
Kovalchuk - Elias - Sykora
Zubrus - Josefson - Clarkson
Tedenby - Carter - Palmieri / Boulton / Janssen
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:42 AM

it's gonna be until at least after Xmas, i'd think, that zajac gets top 6 minutes.

what i expect friday night:

parise-henrique-kovalchuck
sykora-elias-clarkson
tedenby-zajac-zubrus
boulton-carter-palmieri

zubrus and clarkson might be swapped and boulton will no doubt move up to take tedenby's spot when deboer sees him blink incorrectly.

Edited by sundstrom, 14 December 2011 - 11:42 AM.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:48 AM

it's gonna be until at least after Xmas, i'd think, that zajac gets top 6 minutes.

what i expect friday night:

parise-henrique-kovalchuck
sykora-elias-clarkson
tedenby-zajac-zubrus
boulton-carter-palmieri

zubrus and clarkson might be swapped and boulton will no doubt move up to take tedenby's spot when deboer sees him blink incorrectly.


Expecting Janssen to be out of the lineup is not something I would bet on. I think Sestito might be in the lineup instead of Boulton.
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:58 AM

it's gonna be until at least after Xmas, i'd think, that zajac gets top 6 minutes.


Right, but this thread is about possible lines once both Zajac and Josefson are back, not for this Friday.
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:59 AM

The Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk line should remain intact until it proves it shouldn't anymore. I'd move Elias back to the wing and put Zajac between Elias and Zubrus/Clarkson.
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:05 PM

Parise - Zajac - Henrique
Kovalchuk - Elias - Sykora
Zubrus - Josefson - Clarkson
Tedenby - Carter - Palmieri / Boulton / Janssen


I feel the most comfortable with this line up. I wonder what Parise could do with both Zajac and Henrique - guy's he has shown great chemistry with.

I do worry about our 3rd line though for scoring purposes... Hopefully Josefson can add some kick to it to make it work.

The Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk line should remain intact until it proves it shouldn't anymore. I'd move Elias back to the wing and put Zajac between Elias and Zubrus/Clarkson.

I'd rather go the Burns route; playing multiple combo's for different games or even during the same game... then to play a line until it fails to produce.
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:11 PM

Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk
Elias-Zubrus-Sykora
Tedenby-Zajac-Clarkson
Palmieri-Clarkson-Boulton

Why break up the top two lines when they're starting to build chemistry. No need to break them all up and have to start over again.
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:15 PM

you shouldnt expect Zajac to be a 3rd line center with 3rd line guys. won't happen.

Kovalchuk - Zajac - Henrique
Parise - Elias - Sykora
Tedenby - Josefson - Clarkson
Carter - Zubrus - Janssen

EX - Palmieri/Sestito

But for now

Kovalchuk - Zajac - Henrique
Parise - Elias - Sykora
Tedenby - Zubrus - Clarkson
Palmieri - Carter - Janssen
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:18 PM

you shouldnt expect Zajac to be a 3rd line center with 3rd line guys. won't happen.

Kovalchuk - Zajac - Henrique
Parise - Elias - Sykora
Tedenby - Josefson - Clarkson
Carter - Zubrus - Janssen

EX - Palmieri/Sestito

But for now

Kovalchuk - Zajac - Henrique
Parise - Elias - Sykora
Tedenby - Zubrus - Clarkson
Palmieri - Carter - Janssen

what? those lines are not what i want to see lol
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:22 PM

you shouldnt expect Zajac to be a 3rd line center with 3rd line guys. won't happen.

Kovalchuk - Zajac - Henrique
Parise - Elias - Sykora
Tedenby - Josefson - Clarkson
Carter - Zubrus - Janssen

EX - Palmieri/Sestito

But for now

Kovalchuk - Zajac - Henrique
Parise - Elias - Sykora
Tedenby - Zubrus - Clarkson
Palmieri - Carter - Janssen


DeBoer has already said that Zajac is going to be eased back into the lineup. I think as long as the top two lines are doing their thing, Zajac will be left on a '3rd line'. It's really the bottom 6 of the Devils that are getting smashed - Zajac could help that immensely.
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:22 PM

you shouldnt expect Zajac to be a 3rd line center with 3rd line guys. won't happen.

Kovalchuk - Zajac - Henrique
Parise - Elias - Sykora
Tedenby - Josefson - Clarkson
Carter - Zubrus - Janssen

EX - Palmieri/Sestito

But for now

Kovalchuk - Zajac - Henrique
Parise - Elias - Sykora
Tedenby - Zubrus - Clarkson
Palmieri - Carter - Janssen


No way Zajac goes straight to the top line after coming back from surgery. We don't know what he's capable of yet and it might have an adverse impact on what are proving to be two solid lines.
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:26 PM

I think the devs have three top lines and a fourth line that can roll.
Parise-Zajac-Henrique
Kovalchuk-JJ-Clarkson
Zubrus-Elias-Sykora
Tedenby-Carter-Palmieri
Extras: Boulton/Janssen

I think in games where protection is needed, boulton and janssen play, else we roll four scoring lines

Defensemen - we know Urbom/Tao go AHL, so we have
Tallinder-Fayne
Volchenkov-Green
Salvador-Larsson
Extras: Foster
I am not sure if DeBoer is comfortable with Tao, but I'd love to see Tao up here and Larsson in the AHL for a few games. If the decision is made to keep Tao up, then i think one of Salvador/Larsson are sent down, most likely Larsson.

Edited by Anhkheg, 14 December 2011 - 12:27 PM.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:29 PM

Right now, I'm not all for breaking up lines that work... For Friday when Zajac comes back (and Volch too)

Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk
Sykora-Elias-Clarkson
Tedenby-Zajac-Zubrus
Boulton-Carter-Palmieri

Volchenkov-Larsson
Tallinder-Fayne
Foster-Salvador

When Josefson comes back and EVERYONE is healthy:

Parise-Elias-Henrique
Kovalchuk-Zajac-Zubrus
Sykora-Josefson-Clarkson
Tedenby-Carter-Palmieri (Boulton)

Volchenkov-Greene
Tallinder-Fayne
Salvador (Foster, Taormina)-Larsson

To be honest... if Taormina plays well, I can see Lou trying to ship Greene somewhere.
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:40 PM

Expecting Janssen to be out of the lineup is not something I would bet on. I think Sestito might be in the lineup instead of Boulton.


ses-TI-to in for boulton would be a surprise to me. boulton's moved up to the 3rd line. timmy's a center which we're getting back.

janssen over palmieri is a distinct possibility.

To be honest... if Taormina plays well, I can see Lou trying to ship Greene somewhere.


this would be very surprising to me. as we've seen, defenemen injuries cause a need for bodies pretty quick. besides, next year's team has a spot to fill with no salvador returning.
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:01 PM

ses-TI-to in for boulton would be a surprise to me. boulton's moved up to the 3rd line. timmy's a center which we're getting back.

janssen over palmieri is a distinct possibility.



this would be very surprising to me. as we've seen, defenemen injuries cause a need for bodies pretty quick. besides, next year's team has a spot to fill with no salvador returning.


Do you think Lou would try to ship Salvador off to a team that may need him before the deadline?
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:04 PM

Do you think Lou would try to ship Salvador off to a team that may need him before the deadline?

No way. Sal has been a rock on the PK and seems to be finding his game. It wouldnt be worth it to trade him
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:33 PM

Do you think Lou would try to ship Salvador off to a team that may need him before the deadline?


i don't think so. i think foster was lou's "5-6 defenseman at the deadline" acquisition this year (think odonnell, havelid, klee, and a host of others that are eminently forgettable).

when all are healthy, i think they see:

Tallinder-Fayne
Volchenkov-Salvador
Larsson-Greene
Foster

with Taormina and Urbom as understudies.

next year, Salvador and Foster are gone and Taormina and Urbom can duke it out with Burlon for the two spots.
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