Parise - Henrique - Clarkson
Kovy - Zajac - Elias
Poni - Zubrus - Bernier
Sykora - Carter - Josefson
The first line is alright, but we got at least 3 guys playing out of position, natural centers playing wing with Zubrus down the middle when he's much better on the wing.
I personally don't want to split Parise and Kovy up but he says he's been calling for this for a year and a half. Parise missed basically the whole year. How can they be split up if he wasn't even playing last year?
If Pete is ever going to split up Kovy and Parise, keep Kovy on RW. People have really short term memories if they don't realize how much a better Devil Kovy has been at RW than LW.
I came in peace.
I like thinking up line combinations as much as the next guy, but really don't care at the end of the day. It's not like I get a say in who Deboer puts on the ice at any given time. People who take their own line combos seriously make me laugh.
Zajac and Bernier in for Boulton and Janssen. That is a huge difference IMO.
If the Devils play the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs, I consider doing what I mentioned in the Rags GDT... playing Boulton-Carter-Janssen again in game 1 and let Torts pull that stunt again. When the puck drops, I lure the Rangers players into dropping the mitts and draw the penalty and try to start the game with a 5-on-3.
If you can play head games and start the series out on a positive, I'd almost say it's worth it. On the other hand a full game with that line might put the Devils in a hole.
Tom Gulitti @TGfireandice
Bernier in for Boulton tonight in Ottawa. Hedberg in net. No other changes.
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