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Messages - Bender

#1
Wild to think he was being compared to Anze Kopitar and how insanely happy we would've been with that. We're spoiled with him.
#2
What an amazing 2 on 2. 52 goals baby!
#4
Quote from: Bill_Berg_is_pissed_off on February 22, 2024, 11:36:17 PMI know Vegas is down a couple, but they are impressive tonight.

I was gonna say Vegas looks really out of it defensively, down players or not.
#8
Def not as dominant this period but PP coming up. Willy fell a bit easily but who cares
#10
I swear to God if they blow this after I go to sleep 😆
#11
Matthews and Marner are really electrifying lately. McMann is also feeling it!
#13
I'll take a fortuitous bounce!
#14
Quote from: OldTimeHockey on February 22, 2024, 01:00:05 PM
Quote from: Zee on February 22, 2024, 12:17:46 PMI don't get the thought process here of starting Sammy against the Coyotes and then Jones against the Knights.  Wouldn't you have saved your presumed #1 for the more difficult matchup?


Does it not play back to the discussion we've had before about coaches playing their top goalie in game one regardless of opponent as the chances to win are lower in the 2nd of a back 2 back regardless of the starter?

I can't remember which Leaf coach had that motto. Perhaps it was keefe?

I thought Babcock?
#15
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on February 22, 2024, 12:18:25 PMIf Nashville ends up selling at the deadline I think acquiring a Carrier+Trenin duo from them could really round out the type of line-up we've had over the past week or so once everyone is back:

Knies-Matthews-Marner
Bertuzzi-Domi-Nylander
McMann-Tavares-Robertson
Trenin-Kampf-Jarnkrok

Rielly-Carrier
Brodie-Liljegren
Benoit-McCabe

Samsonov
Woll

Trenin's a checking forward with good defensive metrics who can hit and kill penalties. Along with a returning Jarnkrok they could finally form a Kampf 4th line that can properly eat a ton of defensive minutes, which is key because even if that middle-6 forward group continues to play well they would still require some level of sheltering. Jarnkrok gets buried a little in this line-up which isn't entirely fair to him but he can still take shifts on any of the top-3 lines in certain situations to boost his minutes.

Carrier's an undersized, mobile two-way RHD who might not exactly be the ideal defenceman we're looking for but his defensive metrics are pretty good, he can kill penalties, and he can block a lot of shots. And if the play of the other two defensive pairings over the past week and a half can be counted on to continue then Rielly might not need a higher end partner to carry tough minutes since the load can be shared by everyone.

Alternatively a Sam Carrick+Ilya Lyubushkin rental duo from Anaheim could round out the line-up in similar ways (but not exactly be as good) if the Nashville duo is unattainable.

How do we feel about our C position? Feels odd to have Domi as the 2C...