Heatley, Thornton, Marleau
Setoguchi, Pavelski, Clowe
And then comes the real strength, and the reason why my Uncle keeps saying he likes this team more than last year’s. Is San Jose even close when it comes to comparing the 3rd and 4th lines? Logan Couture is a great young player. 32 goals. The Wings will shut him down. Filppula, Abelkader, Helm, Draper. Unless he scores on the power play, he’ll be silent on the third line. Ben Eager? Torrey Mitchell. Those are nice third line players and players who would see zero ice time on a healthy Wing squad.
Hudler, Homer, Helm, Eaves, Modano, Filppula, Miller. Switch them up, change them around. 3rd, 4th, whatever. Double shift them. Give Helm Dan Boyle’s scent and watch him tree that *****. Nobody left in this tournament has that kind of depth. And “nobody” definitely includes San Jose. Helmer’s going hunting. Damn I love watching that kid play hockey.
You want to fear San Jose because of Joe Thornton and Heatley, Marleau and Clowe? Go ahead. But they’d better be perfect. Because that’s what they’ll need. Because that’s what it’s going to take to beat Detroit, especially when the Shark defense is mediocre at best.
-You don't have the Sharks lines right.
-Couture centers the 2nd line with Clowe and Heatley
-Setoguchi is on the top line with Thornton and Marleau
-Eager is on the 4th line, but was benched after game 4 vs. LA for Jamie McGinn
The most productive line in the first round was the Sharks 3rd line. Go ahead...underestimate them! Pavelski centers that line. Remember him?
4th line, with Mayers, McGinn (or Eager) and Nichol plays VERY limited minutes. Nichol plays the most because he's great on face offs.
If you look for the Sharks to roll out 4 lines all game, don't! Three lines for 95% of the game.