if that is the case, then it's time to shake things up and go with a 5.5 d-man roster... and I say 5.5 meaning dress both Lebda and Meech and have them split duties, with other guys taking more ice time
I think that Chelios had an okay game last night, and it was his best of the post-season (not saying a whole lot, I know), and I thought that Lebda didn't play that well at all (mistake which led to a goal, missed hits etc.). So I don't think it's that simple...
Why is Meech such a bad option? If he an Chelios are not capable of playing in the playoffs why were they on the team all year. Why not bring in Jakub Kindl? He could have been getting ready for this situation all year long.
Same with Leino, he could be running on 4th line that can score. Maybe someone could help our most valuable 4th liner Helm.
I think that Chelios is much better than Meech. Chelios was nasty in the corners last night, and has good positional sense and lots of experience. Meech is quicker, but overall I don't think he is better than Chelios.
And our 4th line doesn't need to score, they've played very well this series. Our 2nd and 3rd lines need to score.
I'm of the opinion of putting Helm on the top line in place of Homer...Nothing against Homer, but what our top line needs is some speed/tenacity/getting into Hiller's face...Homer can do this while on the pp, but doesn't possess the skating ability to match Dats/Hossa/etc/etc.
What's the worst that can happen - Helm buzzes around the opposition, & hits anything wearing an opposing sweater/digging out loose pucks in the corners while Dats/Hossa work their way closer to the net for a quality scoring chance on Hiller?
As someone else said, Helm is not a top line player. While quick and physical, he doesn't have good hands at all, and I'm not sure that that is what Datsyuk and Hossa need. I agree that HolmstrÃ¶m hasn't been that effective, but that has more to do with Hossa and Datsyuk and the defense not being able to keep the puck in the zone or put up any sustained pressure (apart from 1 shift in the entire game).
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