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    Re: Line Predictions:

    Post by SeawaySensFan on Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:53 am

    Cap'n Clutch wrote:Chemistry plays a big part in this and if pulling Alfie off of the line with Spezza and Heatley has the usual predictable results then it won't be long before they're re-united.

    I also think that a Foligno, Fisher, Kovalev line is a very legitimate scoring threat as was the FFS line before it. Switching up Kovalev for Shannon, in theory, should only make it better.

    Regardless it'll be interesting to see what happens and how the lines are put together once the regular season starts.

    Playing with Fisher will only make Kovalev seem "enigmatic". He'll be back to hanging on to the puck too long because Fisher doesn't have the hockey sense to get himself in scoring position. That was the problem in Montreal with the crap linemates he had there.

    At least Alfie can adjust.

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    Post by Guest on Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:02 pm

    Thats a really good point SSF

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    Re: Line Predictions:

    Post by Jordo on Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:36 am

    Cheechoo-Spezza-Kovalev
    Michalek-Fisher-Alfredsson
    Foligno-Kelly-Shannon
    Ruutu-Winchester-Bass
    Donovan

    Kuba-Karlsson
    Phil-Volch
    Campoli-Lee/Picard
    Lee-Picard

    I put Cheechoo on that top line because he needs someone to feed him the puck. I think that Spezz/Kovy together will give him a ton of opportunities to bury it.
    The 2nd line is going to be insane to watch with Fisher/Michalek playing together and Alfie rounding them out. It's a highly effective energy line with a stockpile of talent as well. Although BM said Michalek will be top line, I think Cheechoo is a better fit up there- at least to start out.
    Kelly replaces Fisher on the FFS line, and will be called upon to produce. Although Kelly is smaller, he plays a similar game and I think he can step into this role quite nicely.

    That 4th line is just going to be nasty to play against. Whether you put Bass or Winchester on that line- it's going to be tough...
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    Post by shabbs on Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:38 am

    Jordo wrote:Cheechoo-Spezza-Kovalev
    Michalek-Fisher-Alfredsson
    Foligno-Kelly-Shannon
    Ruutu-Winchester-Bass
    Donovan

    Kuba-Karlsson
    Phil-Volch
    Campoli-Lee/Picard
    Lee-Picard

    I put Cheechoo on that top line because he needs someone to feed him the puck. I think that Spezz/Kovy together will give him a ton of opportunities to bury it.
    The 2nd line is going to be insane to watch with Fisher/Michalek playing together and Alfie rounding them out. It's a highly effective energy line with a stockpile of talent as well. Although BM said Michalek will be top line, I think Cheechoo is a better fit up there- at least to start out.
    Kelly replaces Fisher on the FFS line, and will be called upon to produce. Although Kelly is smaller, he plays a similar game and I think he can step into this role quite nicely.

    That 4th line is just going to be nasty to play against. Whether you put Bass or Winchester on that line- it's going to be tough...
    Did we trade Neil?

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    Post by Jordo on Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:39 am

    Haha woops! I meant Neil in the lineup, not Bass.
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    Post by Riprock on Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:40 am

    I'll go with what I have been using in NHL 10.

    Michalek - Spezza- Alfredsson
    Cheechoo-Kelly-Kovalev
    Foligno-Fisher-Shannon
    Ruutu-Winchester-Neil

    Karlsson-Phillips
    Voclhenkov-Campoli
    Kuba-Picard

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    I will replace Kelly with Regin or Smith when I edit them to my liking from their ridiculously low overalls.

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    Post by Guest on Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:42 am

    Ya, like Ive said 1000 times, I dont see anyway Cheechoo doesnt get matched with Spezza.
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    Post by spader on Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:50 am

    N4L wrote:Ya, like Ive said 1000 times, I dont see anyway Cheechoo doesnt get matched with Spezza.

    Don't exaggerate Neely, it was 937 times.

    I hope you're right. I'd like to see what Cheech can do with Spezza feeding him ridiculous passes. Alternately though, Cheech with Kovalev is nothing to sneeze at. All I know is that Ottawa is a lot more dangerous and more difficult to line up against now.

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    Post by PKC on Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:54 am

    Dash wrote:I'll go with what I have been using in NHL 10.

    Michalek - Spezza- Alfredsson
    Cheechoo-Kelly-Kovalev
    Foligno-Fisher-Shannon
    Ruutu-Winchester-Neil

    Karlsson-Phillips
    Voclhenkov-Campoli
    Kuba-Picard

    Leclaire
    Elliott

    I will replace Kelly with Regin or Smith when I edit them to my liking from their ridiculously low overalls.

    How do you have NHL 10?

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    Post by SensFan71 on Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:01 pm

    spader wrote:
    N4L wrote:Ya, like Ive said 1000 times, I dont see anyway Cheechoo doesnt get matched with Spezza.

    Don't exaggerate Neely, it was 937 times.

    I hope you're right. I'd like to see what Cheech can do with Spezza feeding him ridiculous passes. Alternately though, Cheech with Kovalev is nothing to sneeze at. All I know is that Ottawa is a lot more dangerous and more difficult to line up against now.

    Did I mention ?

    should be a great season, am definitely thinking we finish second in the division to Boston (probably not a huge stretch for that one though, the Sabres and Leafs are not any better, and well, the Habs, I just don't think their changes were for the better.
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    Post by asq2 on Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:34 pm

    I don't like seeing Karlsson pencilled in to the top pairing.
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    Post by LeCaptain on Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:59 pm

    PKC wrote:
    Dash wrote:I'll go with what I have been using in NHL 10.

    Michalek - Spezza- Alfredsson
    Cheechoo-Kelly-Kovalev
    Foligno-Fisher-Shannon
    Ruutu-Winchester-Neil

    Karlsson-Phillips
    Voclhenkov-Campoli
    Kuba-Picard

    Leclaire
    Elliott

    I will replace Kelly with Regin or Smith when I edit them to my liking from their ridiculously low overalls.

    How do you have NHL 10?

    You might wanna check some Staples Stores in town.
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    Post by M_Christopher on Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:01 pm

    Whoa whoa, Staples is selling it early (for the xbox by chance!)

    Which Staples, WHICH STAPLES!!!!!

    (Tell me and I'll give you my x-tra boost pack if they have any)

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    Post by Guest on Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:03 pm

    asq2 wrote:I don't like seeing Karlsson pencilled in to the top pairing.

    If he turns out to be good enough to play there, then who cares? That's where he should be.
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    Re: Line Predictions:

    Post by PTFlea on Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:05 pm

    PKC wrote:
    How do you have NHL 10?

    I do...because I have a friend in game distribution. I won't lie, I almost made SensGirl11 cry - no I'm kidding, I beat her two games in a row, but the scores were close. Both of us were used to the PS2 controls, so it took some time.

    I love the slick skating moves you can make. Not sure how to score yet, but I like the controls. I could get used to it. Ahhhhh!
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    Post by PTFlea on Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:07 pm

    N4L wrote:Ya, like Ive said 1000 times, I dont see anyway Cheechoo doesnt get matched with Spezza.

    Agreed. However, there are alternatives. If you put Michalek there 5 on 5 you give Spez and Alfie (I guess) a speedy winger for the first time since 1920. With Mich's stature, he can create a lot of time and space for them.

    Then obviously, the 2nd PP unit becomes Alfie's and you have Spezza with Kovalev and Cheechoo. Cheechoo can play the left side, Kovalev the right and the both have sick wristers/one-timers.

    Just another option to mull over. Ahhhhh!
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    Post by asq2 on Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:12 pm

    N4L wrote:
    asq2 wrote:I don't like seeing Karlsson pencilled in to the top pairing.

    If he turns out to be good enough to play there, then who cares? That's where he should be.

    Yeah, but it's far more likely he's a 2nd/3rd pairing guy or Bingo bound.

    Who knows? Neil could come into the camp after a summer of watching Iginla footage and become a top-6 winger.

    I just think the expectations are too high for a 19-year-old from some fans.
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    Post by PTFlea on Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:13 pm

    I'm still of the opinion that Karlsson should start in Bingo and get even more adapted to NA rinks.

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