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Hartnell and Mez are nearing form to head back in the lineup.

How does our lineup look to be setup?

Hartnell - Giroux - Voracek

Read - Briere - Simmonds

McGinn - Couturier - Talbot

Fedotenko- B.Schenn - Rinaldo

I would probabely put it like this though:

McGinn - Giroux - Voracek

Hartnell - Briere - Read

Talbot - Couturier - Simmonds

Fedotenko - B.Schenn - Rinaldo

We still have Knuble, Sestito, Wellwood, and Harry Z.

I'm not too sure of 3rd and 4th line sets. But maybe there's a better line combo you guys can think of.

On D. well we have:

Braydon Coburn - Erik Gustafsson

Luke Schenn - Kimmo Timonen

Andrej Meszaros - Nicklas Grossmann

Bruno Gervais

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Hartnell and Mez are nearing form to head back in the lineup.

How does our lineup look to be setup?

Hartnell - Giroux - Voracek

Read - Briere - Simmonds

McGinn - Couturier - Talbot

Fedotenko- B.Schenn - Rinaldo

I would probabely put it like this though:

McGinn - Giroux - Voracek

Hartnell - Briere - Read

Talbot - Couturier - Simmonds

Fedotenko - B.Schenn - Rinaldo

We still have Knuble, Sestito, Wellwood, and Harry Z.

I'm not too sure of 3rd and 4th line sets. But maybe there's a better line combo you guys can think of.

On D. well we have:

Braydon Coburn - Erik Gustafsson

Luke Schenn - Kimmo Timonen

Andrej Meszaros - Nicklas Grossmann

Bruno Gervais

Kurtis Foster

I agree with this...Knuble needs to scratched...and Wellwood i don't believe will be back up this season...he is in the doghouse and doesn't look to emerge anytime soon...maybe even trade bait...he is not even mentioned in the writeups about the Phantoms, so that doesn't bode well for him.

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The reason I put Schenn on the 4th line, is not because thats where he belongs.

I would rather his line start a few times in the season as the first line and not label these groups as 1 - 4 but maybe label them as names.

He is talented and we have enough centers to roll 4 high quality center lines with good defensive awareness. It seems all our players check, with the occasion of Danny B. once in a long while.

Fedotenko - B.Schenn - Rinaldo

McGinn - Giroux - Voracek

Hartnell - Briere - Read

Talbot - Couturier - Simmonds

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The reason I put Schenn on the 4th line, is not because thats where he belongs.

I would rather his line start a few times in the season as the first line and not label these groups as 1 - 4 but maybe label them as names.

He is talented and we have enough centers to roll 4 high quality center lines with good defensive awareness. It seems all our players check, with the occasion of Danny B. once in a long while.

Fedotenko - B.Schenn - Rinaldo

McGinn - Giroux - Voracek

Hartnell - Briere - Read

Talbot - Couturier - Simmonds

I see what you're saying, but Briere is the mismatch at center, not Schenn. And as it stands, Schenn should be 2nd line center, and Coots on the 3rd.

Read/Giroux/Voracek

Hartnell/Schenn/Briere

Simmonds/Couturier/McGinn or Knuble

Rinaldo/Talbot/Fedotenko

I know Hartnell is a 1st line guy, but the top 3 guys seem to be clicking right now, so why mess with it?

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Claude Noel of the Jets has a philosophy where he doesn't enumerate his lines (ie 1st line, 2nd line) and despite the fact I really like the guy, I think it's a foolish strategy. Players don't have that carrot to play for - "I want to be a first line player".

I like what Carlye is doing in Toronto whereas if you work the hardest, you get the most ice time. The Leafs apparently have 16+ million in salary not even starting right now and it's working well for them so far.

I think you reserve the #1 centre spot for Giroux (because the guy is playing his heart out from what I've seen) and you let everyone compete for the privilege of playing with him. Schenn should not be playing any lower than 2nd line with his effort and production.

Just my 2 cents (rounded down to nothing, for my Canadian compatriots).

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