You can't just create one line and expect it to work every game. Teams have different styles of defense, and teams watch tape and figure out how to stop you.
As much as I like the Dats, Z, Homer line I like the creativity of changing the lines on the fly a whole lot more.
When Detroit played Edmonton in the playoffs, Babs kept rolling the same lines, with the exact same strategy over and over. I remember screaming at the screen wishing he'd swap out his lines and change up the strategy. Edmonton knew what he was going to do and it cost them an early exit.
Babcock learned from this and he plays a much more flexible style now. If a set line isn't working he swaps in different positions on the fly. He'll put half of a line out to make the opponent play a certain unit and then swap out the fowards.
Set lines (assuming everyone healthy) I would go with:
Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Franzen
Cleary, Filppula, Homer
Hudler, Sammuelson, Kopecky
McCarty/Downey , Draper, Maltby / Drake
Alternate lines in case those aren't working:
Zetterberg, Franzen, Homer (paired with Lidstrom and Kronwall, Gold medal powa)
Filppula, Datsyuk, Cleary
Zetterberg, Dats, Franzen, Lidstrom, Ralfi
Cleary, Filppula, Hudler, Kronwall, Stuart
Sammy should not be anywhere near a powerplay or PK line. When he has the puck, he does the same exact move every time. He puts his head down, draws the puck back once, bounches it off the back of his stuck and fires. He passes the puck too wildly and the receipent can't settle it down. On defense, dis poke check and defensive abilities are terrible and he's no hustle.
Edited by Deke, 17 March 2008 - 02:31 PM.