• Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Echolalia

Line excitement

Rate this topic

36 posts in this topic

Even though lines change about 300 times per season, I really like how Babs' projected line-up is looking. Problem is, I don't know which line I'm most excited about?

Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Homer was the best line in the league a couple years ago, when they had the time to establish chemistry (and we had the depth to allow them to). I'm pretty pumped about their domination potential, and doing it through all those highlight-reel plays. Oh, and Homer is goofy as hell.

Bertuzzi-Filp-Franzen is probably the line that I can comfortably say I'm the least excited about. Bert is a way-hot to way-cold kind of guy, Filp has shown flashes of brilliance but IMO has yet to prove himself as a legit second-line center. Hopefully this year is it. Honestly the only thing that hooks me into this line is Franzen but that's because of his individual efforts. By the way, I'm excited to hear that he's feeling as good as he ever has and he's looking forward to tearing it up out there.

Cleary-Modano-Hudler is way sweet to see on the third line. Cleary feels revitalized and provides plenty of grit for a bottom six line. Hudler is definitely more than capable of stomping on the opponent, and Modano, despite being on the cusp of retirement is a story in itself. I expect these guys to get a lot of ice time, and a lot of points (at least for a third line).

Abby-Helm-Eaves is crazy energy and crazy speed. It has been quite a while since I've looked forward to seeing the fourth line on the ice, especially considering there's no enforcer. Just pure energy. Oh, and Abby started boxing.

Really its between the 1st 3rd and 4th lines for me, but I really can't narrow it down. How bout you guys?

T.Low likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If we can stay healthy and run 4 lines for most of the reg season we are going to be scary come playoff time. The ability to not have to over play our top 6 will be huge come playoffs. I look at all 4 of those lines and have no problem putting any of them out at anytime in any situation.

T.Low likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Although I see the OP's point (in a way) about the Bertuzzi - Filppula - Franzen line I think there's the potential for big things from this line because Franzen will garner so much attention from the opposing team. This will create time and space for both Bertuzzi and Filppula. I honestly think we start to see the playoff type point production from Franzen burst into the regular season. Filppula is now surrounded by two big bodies that can crash and bang and create room for him to operate. This line really has the potential to score in bunches. Not to mention they'll be facing the opposing team's secondary defense tandems while Datsyuk - Zetterberg - Holmstrom occupy their first pairing.

T.Low likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I for one would love to see Babs just keep rolling with all four line. There is a lot of talent from top to bottom of our line up. The more the bottom two lines get at the beginning of the year the more rested the top two lines will be at the end of the year. Going two be lots of fun!

Edited by blgillett
T.Low likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm just most excited about our depth really.

But if I had to pick one it has to be the ZDH line. A full year with those guys playing with each other should be great.

T.Low likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I want big Bert to start using his size but I'm not sure if that will ever happen. Also, I'd like to see him use two hands on the stick more often. He tries to make pretty plays/goals but he should just be concerned about getting goals at all. I never understood why so many Wings fans hate him. I'm excited to see him and Mule and Flip play together. Mule and Bert could make some magical things happen if they play like they did in game 4 against San Jose.

T.Low likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think the lines will look different after a few weeks if they dont have a very solid record, babcock loves to change things up

55fan likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think the lines will look different after a few weeks if they dont have a very solid record, babcock loves to change things up

Except on defense. He needs to pull the trigger quicker on his defense pairing sometimes.

On topic though, definitely our big line. I want to see Pavel and Z getting back to their offensive form of a few years ago.

Edited by GoWings1905

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mule and Bert could make some magical things happen if they play like they did in game 4 against San Jose.

Oh, god yes. They were both amazing. Lets hope that kind of play is more consistent this year.

I think all the lines look good, top to bottom. Our biggest question mark this year is definitely Howard, who may be awesome, or may have a slump. I think he'll do good, because he has one of the best mentors available. Osgood may never get the recognition he deserves, but he is a solid goalie because of his mind game, more so than his physical game. If Howard can take that from him, and never be rattled, the kid will do fine.

Other than goal, as long as we remain relatively healthy, and can play consistently through the entire season, I can see really, really good things for this team.

Branton87 and T.Low like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I want big Bert to start using his size but I'm not sure if that will ever happen. Also, I'd like to see him use two hands on the stick more often. He tries to make pretty plays/goals but he should just be concerned about getting goals at all. I never understood why so many Wings fans hate him. I'm excited to see him and Mule and Flip play together. Mule and Bert could make some magical things happen if they play like they did in game 4 against San Jose.

I agree and there is indeed something to be excited about each and every line.

This really could be a peak year for Bert, Filp, and Franzen.

Seems there is so much focus on so many different guys this year that Cleary is almost forgotten about and he's as poised as any to have great year, too.

This is going to be one fun year.

Branton87 likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I want big Bert to start using his size but I'm not sure if that will ever happen. Also, I'd like to see him use two hands on the stick more often. He tries to make pretty plays/goals but he should just be concerned about getting goals at all. I never understood why so many Wings fans hate him. I'm excited to see him and Mule and Flip play together. Mule and Bert could make some magical things happen if they play like they did in game 4 against San Jose.

I would like to add that we have a very skilled and very big line here. These two components can do wonders even without Bert using his size to punish people consistently.

Branton87 likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bertuzzi-Filp-Franzen is probably the line that I can comfortably say I'm the least excited about. Bert is a way-hot to way-cold kind of guy, Filp has shown flashes of brilliance but IMO has yet to prove himself as a legit second-line center. Hopefully this year is it. Honestly the only thing that hooks me into this line is Franzen but that's because of his individual efforts. By the way, I'm excited to hear that he's feeling as good as he ever has and he's looking forward to tearing it up out there.

Yeah that line definitely has the most question marks. They're mostly on Fil though unfortunately. We've seen him play with confidence every now and again. He's got to play that way for at least 98 games, ;) . Can he play more aggressive on offense? Can he possess the puck with aplomb and be the playmaker? Can he shoot the puck well? All that while maintaining his defensive game?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Personally the line I'm most interested in seeing gel is the Hudler-Modano-Cleary line. That's the "what if..." line for me. What if Hudler proves to be the offensive dynamo everyone thinks he can be? What if the change in scenery energizes Modano? What if Cleary comes through on his promise to make up for last season & plays like a beast? I think it's those 3 that can turn this season into a truly magical one if they all come through.

Edited by ogreslayer

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"What If" that with Hudler centering the second line instead of Filppula?

i hope huds gets a whole bunch of ice time this season... but iam a lgw poster hence being very pro-huds

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"What If" that with Hudler centering the second line instead of Filppula?

I really doubt he'll center any line (except on the PP maybe) but I am expecting him to at least spend a fair amount of time as a top 6 winger.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Roadrunner-Bugs Bunny-Speedy Gonzalez

Donatello-Leonardo-Raphael

Batman-Superman-Robin

Tails-Sonic-Knuckles

Done.

No Michelangelo?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It was a very tough decision indeed to keep him out of the lineup. It pained me to do it.

why not Leo?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Although I see the OP's point (in a way) about the Bertuzzi - Filppula - Franzen line I think there's the potential for big things from this line because Franzen will garner so much attention from the opposing team. This will create time and space for both Bertuzzi and Filppula. I honestly think we start to see the playoff type point production from Franzen burst into the regular season. Filppula is now surrounded by two big bodies that can crash and bang and create room for him to operate. This line really has the potential to score in bunches. Not to mention they'll be facing the opposing team's secondary defense tandems while Datsyuk - Zetterberg - Holmstrom occupy their first pairing.

I agree. Bert will take over the role of the big netfront body, a body that was previously relegated to Franzen, while Mule will play the role of the sniper/goalscorer. I want to see big things from Flip, and I think Bert is going to have another strong season. The thing to remember about Bert is that in the beginning of the season he hit the post like 4 times a game and choked on some WIDE open net chances. If he had capitalized on even half of some of those missed chances, Bert could have easily gotten 30 last year. I think he is good for at least 25 this year on the line.

We REALLY need Franzen to stay healthy this season. We have yet to see a full season from Franzen since he became a goalscorer, but he can definitely get 40 goals, and if he stays healthy could even surpass that.

I'm so pumped about our 3rd and 4th lines, I truly believe we have the best 3rd and 4th lines in the league.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I'm so pumped about our 3rd and 4th lines, I truly believe we have the best 3rd and 4th lines in the league.

EDIT: The first thing I thought of when I read this statement was God I hope the trolls are asleep in their cribs.

Edited by titanium2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0