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Hyman-Matthews-Marner - That's a first line on just about any team
Komarov-Kadri-Soshnikov - That's a checking 2nd line
JVR-Bozak-Nylander - That's a scoring 2nd line
Leivo-Marleau-Brown - That's a checking 2nd/3rd line

And if we're chasing, it'll quickly collapse to:
Hyman - Matthews - Marner
Marleau - Kadri - Brown
JvR - Bozak - Nylander

Again, I'm not sure why we didn't do this from the beginning of the season (or even last season... to be Fehr, Marleau >>>> Holland, but if he wasn't dragging Martin, Soshnikov/Leivo - Holland - Brown wouldn't have been too shabby).

Martin's played relatively well this season, compared to last, but he's still several steps back of the Kapanen, Soshnikov, Leivo, Leipsic (RIP) group, and they're all on the front of their development curves and collectively cheaper than him.

Like Edward Scissorhands?

Something like this, but with less flow.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Today at 02:43:14 PM »

Really enjoying the Oilers getting roasted these days.

If Chiarelli was stopped these past three Junes...

On one of the latest HockeyPDOCasts, Jonathan Willis brought up a fun point about the Oilers' offseason that I'll probably looking to the numbers of: Chiarelli went and traded away all the players who had down years (relative to their average career production) and kept all the ones that over performed. Now when regression has come to visit the overachievers, there's no offset underachievers regressing up.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Today at 12:08:32 PM »
*puts on aluminum foil hat*

The only slack I'm cutting for Ovi and Malkin with regards to their pumping Putin's tires is largely because they've been indoctrinated from their youth. The government has full control over the media and education. Putin's lauded as a superhero in Russia, solver of all problems. Celebrities that endorse him are lavishly rewarded.

The Hurricanes are siccing Cam Ward on us.

How much of Martin being scratched is some handshake agreement for getting Leivo minutes for signing the extension?


I'm pretty sure Herman has kidnapped Mike Babcock and taken his place.  That's why he was so snippy to those reporters about the lines question.  It was really Herman, who was afraid of being found out.  (psst Herman, move Nylander to centre).

When have I ever been snippy*?  ;D

* not counting that time I ran down the hall with scissors on each hand

Babcock confirms that Martin is healthy. Stands to be a healthy scratch Friday for the first time as a Leaf.

Sound the celebration alarm! Babcock has caught up to the boards from last year! Numfar! Do the dance of joy!

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: 2017-18 Marlies
« on: Yesterday at 10:55:31 AM »
The Marlies are steamrolling their division right now, and among the top 3 teams in the league.

They have the best goal differential (+25), the second fewest goals allowed (35, while the lowest at 33 has played 4 fewer games and is -4), and the second most goals for (65, 2 behind the leaders with 67 who have both played one more game), all with a fairly inconsistent lineup. Only 5 players have played every game so far (Smith, Timashov, Greening, Rychel, Mueller).

Sparks is also playing on fire.

The third period last night was how I envisioned this team to be capable of playing. Hard work + skill + overwhelming waves of speed and not spending much time in your own zone.

Martin was completely held off the ice midway into the 2nd and on. Komarov and Soshnikov got some spot shifts when we were still double shifting Nylander and Marleau. They sat the rest of the game once we went down to three lines.

Leading up to that, I kind of liked the two defensive lines Babcock was mulling over: slow/heavy defense with Martin - Kadri - Komarov; fast defense with Soshnikov - Marleau - Brown. Way better than the useless 4th line we had last year. But itd be even better as
Komarov - Kadri - Brown
Soshnikov - Marleau - Kapanen

Welp, thats not great.


Mm Marleau

Huberdeau skated the puck back at the blueline.

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