This is a small point, but from the second Franzen was injured, Babcock had Zetterberg And Datsyuk together, with Filppula on the second line. Then when Filppula went down he had to split them up again. It was supposed to be permanent without Franzen until Filppula went down.
And I think with Filppula doing as well as he since since his return, we can put Datsyuk and Zetterberg together on the first line and still have an excellent second line with Franzen Filppula and Bertuzzi, without sacrificing any bottom 6 depth.
How strong have Bert's numbers been since Babcock broke he and Datsyuk up and started playing him with Flip more? How many goals has he scored while on the ice with Flip? How was his point production in general looking before he got broken up from Dats and since?
You know, it's real funny, because I recall a dead halt to Bert's production when he got paired with Flip, and at times he's looked like more of a play-maker on the line than a goal scorer. His 3 goals since have all come while paired with Datsyuk in an irregular situation.
So pardon me, but if Bert can dry up on a line with Flip after a steady patch of scoring (and no lack of solid play from him on a personal level) I'm terrified of what would happen with Flip centering possibly our 2 purest goal scorers once Franzen returns.
Even if you want to say that Flip can center the 2nd line, it should be painfully obvious at this point that he and Bert have ABSOLUTELY NO CHEMISTRY WHATSOEVER.
How can you expect me to trust your judgement on Flip when you seem to think that Flip and Bert are an obvious choice to exist on a line together?
These are what the lines will most likely look like when healthy:
Miller-Filppula-Williams (Maltby in and out probably on this line)
Edited by gcom007, 07 February 2010 - 10:12 PM.
-Elliot...does not panic.