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#1 ScoreMoreThan3

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:16 AM

Just wondering why Zubrus is on the 1st line?
He's a solid player but I see him more as a 2nd, 3rd line player.
I think I'd rather Kovalchuk move back up to the 1st line if that's the case and drop Zubrus down to the 2nd line.
Eventually drop Elias there too and move Zajac to the first.
I know people want Parise and Kovalchuk separated, as do I, but it's impossible to say that Parise-Zajac-Kovalchuk wouldn't be dangerous.
I dunno..just something I was thinking. Why can't it all be just simple.
I think this will be game #4 with these new lines. I think we're all going to be very disappointed if they don't play better and score some goal(s) tonight.


Zach Parise
Patrik Elias
Dainius Zubrus

Adam Henrique
Travis Zajac
Ilya Kovalchuk

Alexei Ponikarovsky
Jacob Josefson
David Clarkson

Petr Sykora
Ryan Carter
Steve Bernier
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:14 AM

Is Zubie still on the team. I haven't seen him lately :whistling:
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:17 AM

I would keep Kovy and Zach seperate, but I don't like Zubrus and Parise on the same line. They get too many of their goals the same way, though obviously Zach's better at it. I would switch Zubs and Henrique and move Kovy back to the left. Zubs is like a much better, tougher version of Palmieri, and Palmieri looked pretty good playing with Kovy and Zajac.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:18 AM

While I agree that Parise-Zajac-Kovalchuk would be our best line, I actually really like the lines that have since been constructed. Each line has a good amount of creativity, speed, and scoring capability. Also, each line has some good size from at least 1 or 2 of the players.

Think about it, that first line is very solid and can probably match well with any other team's first line. If the second line builds some chemistry, that can dominate. And now that Josefson has begun to show some life and confidence, the third line might finally become a threat as well. If anything, Zajac and Elias may need to be switched if chemistry becomes a problem between Elias and Parise, which hasn't really been. The fourth line probably remains a problem, but we may even see a goal from it before the end of the year!
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:19 AM

Just wondering why Zubrus is on the 1st line?
He's a solid player but I see him more as a 2nd, 3rd line player.
I think I'd rather Kovalchuk move back up to the 1st line if that's the case and drop Zubrus down to the 2nd line.
Eventually drop Elias there too and move Zajac to the first.
I know people want Parise and Kovalchuk separated, as do I, but it's impossible to say that Parise-Zajac-Kovalchuk wouldn't be dangerous.
I dunno..just something I was thinking. Why can't it all be just simple.
I think this will be game #4 with these new lines. I think we're all going to be very disappointed if they don't play better and score some goal(s) tonight.


Zach Parise
Patrik Elias
Dainius Zubrus

Adam Henrique
Travis Zajac
Ilya Kovalchuk

Alexei Ponikarovsky
Jacob Josefson
David Clarkson

Petr Sykora
Ryan Carter
Steve Bernier


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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:41 AM

RT @TGfireandice Devs' lines this morning: Parise-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Sykora-Elias-Zubrus; Ponikarovsky-Henrique-Clarkson; Carter-Josefson-Bernier.

Nice.
Kinda sorta read my mind.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:50 AM

I actually really liked Henrique on Zajac's wing with Kovalchuk on the other side. They had some great chances in the Chicago game. Unfortunately, Parise and Elias have never had much chemistry together.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:01 AM



zach/zajac/kovy
poni/patty/zubrus
carter/adam/clarkson
sykora/jj/bernie



i am 100% with these lines debo has; going into the post season, if they dont work out ill be a miss...LGD!

Kinda sorta read my mind.

more like you read my post :idea:
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:44 AM

Damn..I don't like having Kovy and Zach on the same line.

Oh well. Hopefully these new lines generate some offense
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:55 PM

I don't think the lines are bad, but I'd prefer to see Kovy and Parise on different lines.

Something like this maybe:

Parise-Zajac-Henrique
Kovy-Elias-Zubrus
Poni-JJ-Clarkson
Sykora-Carter-Bernier

I also wouldn't be averse to moving Zubs to the 3rd center position if Sykora suddenly looks good and deserves time with Patty on the 2nd line. I'd then put JJ in Sykora's place on the 4th line.

I just think that Elias' trickiness and good ability to carry the puck and make great east-west passes will give Kovy great opportunities to fire away, while Zajac and Henrique as well play more of a straight line game that is conducive to the way Parise gets things done, so I believe lines set up like this would be best for the team.

But what do I know, I'm just a back seat driver I guess.

Edited by ATLL765, 29 March 2012 - 12:58 PM.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:05 PM

ATLL, those are the same lines I would like the Devils to try. The first line all like to take pucks to the net and work the corners. The second line compliments each other. The third line is already shown to be effective. The 4th line can't be worse than the 4th line has been most of the season.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:48 PM

Whatever the lines are, I'm sure Pete knows what he's doing. He's the coach.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 02:09 PM

Any of the last 3 sets of lines work if Kovalchuk takes his head out of his ass. It seems when he has a bad game, the rest of the team has a bad game. I really don't like these new lines.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 02:30 PM

parise-zajac-kovalchuk were absolutely awesome for the first 8 minutes of last season!
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 03:02 PM

Poni-Elias-Kovy
Parise-Zajac-Clarkson
Sykora-Henrique-Zubrus
Josefson-Carter-Bernier
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 03:41 PM

Kovy and Zajac have sick chemistry. No matter what you do with everyone else, I want those 2 together if Zajac can handle the minutes.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:42 PM

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i am 100% with these lines debo has; going into the post season, if they dont work out ill be a miss...LGD!


more like you read my post :idea:


Hey hey I made the thread before the lines were even changed again ok pal! :cheers:

Edited by ScoreMoreThan3, 29 March 2012 - 04:44 PM.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:45 PM

Damn..I don't like having Kovy and Zach on the same line.

Oh well. Hopefully these new lines generate some offense



Me either but seriously at this point it's easy to tell the team is better when those two are together.
They will be rejuvenated once they are reunited tonight.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:52 PM

Whatever the lines are, I'm sure Pete knows what he's doing. He's the coach.



Coaches make mistakes. I believe he's made a few this year.
Nobody is perfect but I'm sure people on the site know I don't like his style.
He waits too long to make things happen IMO.
Granted the Devils are a top 10 team somehow, but they could and should be better.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:20 PM

Coaches can change lines for a few games just to shake things up... doesn't mean it's permanent. It's a good thing to keep players fresh. Hopefully it will be a cure to the over-passing the Devils have been doing.
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