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New lines going into Friday (not speculation)

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Not a big fan of Bertuzzi back in the top-six, but not many other options and it's time to try something different anyways after the first three games. Datsyuk and Zetterberg needed to get split up because they weren't producing much and it now spreads out the talent more effectively. Filppula had garbage help with Franzen and Sammy, but I'm not sure he can carry his own line at center and maybe he'll shoot the puck again at wing with Datsyuk. Z and Brunner better continue their chemistry because they are playing down a linemate.

I would also rather see Eaves with Helm and Miller with Abdelkader. Hopefully Helm can spark the entire team tomorrow.

Bertuzzi has a great attitude and never floats.

Eaves, Miller, and Helm can all score. The three of them together would be very effective. Abdelkader should play on the bruiser line with Cleary and Tootoo.

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Bottom six tonight according to Ansar Khan:

Cleary-Helm-Abby

Miller-Emmerton-Tootoo

Not really sure if I understand this one, their offense isn't producing and so they have Abby on the wing and Eaves out. Because, ya know, Eaves never scores more often than Abby. I guess they must want a big body on each of their top three lines or something.

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I've wanted to see Helm and Tootoo together for awhile. I think Miller could work beside them. He typically pretty versatile and can match their intensity.

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Bottom six tonight according to Ansar Khan:

Cleary-Helm-Abby

Miller-Emmerton-Tootoo

Not really sure if I understand this one, their offense isn't producing and so they have Abby on the wing and Eaves out. Because, ya know, Eaves never scores more often than Abby. I guess they must want a big body on each of their top three lines or something.

Abby is better playing wing, but I think the team would be better with Abby in Emmerton's place and Eaves playing.

If they keep Abby on the wing, we might see Andersson or Sheahan this season.

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Bottom six tonight according to Ansar Khan:

Cleary-Helm-Abby

Miller-Emmerton-Tootoo

Not really sure if I understand this one, their offense isn't producing and so they have Abby on the wing and Eaves out. Because, ya know, Eaves never scores more often than Abby. I guess they must want a big body on each of their top three lines or something.

There doesn't seem to be a "big guy" on that third line, biggest guy would be abby at 6'1" but thats not big in the nhl, that's average. I don't like that bottom 6, I was looking forward to cleary helm eaves, and a grind line of miller abby tootoo

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There doesn't seem to be a "big guy" on that third line, biggest guy would be abby at 6'1" but thats not big in the nhl, that's average. I don't like that bottom 6, I was looking forward to cleary helm eaves, and a grind line of miller abby tootoo

Height really doesn't have much to do with it. Helm can knock the s*** out of guys much bigger than him, and Abby isn't a slouch either. Cleary won't blow anyone up but he can play a sandpaper game.

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I've wanted to see Helm and Tootoo together for awhile. I think Miller could work beside them. He typically pretty versatile and can match their intensity.

I have been hoping for that (with abby too) since tootoo was signed, tootoo and abby could clear out a lane for helm to skate through and eventually score, once in a while lol. miller helm tootoo or eaves helm tootoo would be pretty effective though

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There doesn't seem to be a "big guy" on that third line, biggest guy would be abby at 6'1" but thats not big in the nhl, that's average. I don't like that bottom 6, I was looking forward to cleary helm eaves, and a grind line of miller abby tootoo

I agree with you, I wanted to see those lines as well. I think that would be better for the team. However, Abby does bring a big(ish) body at 215-220 lbs. and I'm just saying that they must want that on the third line with Bert in the top six and Sammy out. If that's not their thinking then I don't know what is, because Eaves is a MUCH better winger than Abby. The only thing that makes Abby preferable to Eaves is his size, in skating, scoring, PK, forechecking, and defense, Eaves is a better player.

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I agree with you, I wanted to see those lines as well. I think that would be better for the team. However, Abby does bring a big(ish) body at 215-220 lbs. and I'm just saying that they must want that on the third line with Bert in the top six and Sammy out. If that's not their thinking then I don't know what is, because Eaves is a MUCH better winger than Abby. The only thing that makes Abby preferable to Eaves is his size, in skating, scoring, PK, forechecking, and defense, Eaves is a better player.

I get that abby has 30 pounds on eaves but we need pucks in the net, and so far cleary isn't playing well, so we either need miller or eaves on a wing with helm, cause abby can't score

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I completely agree. I was just trying to figure out their thought process, I don't agree with the decision at all though.

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emmerton needs to go away

make it happen

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emmerton needs to go away

make it happen

You come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married and you ask me to do murder - for money.

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Miller scored more goals than any of the team's other grinders last season. 14 goals is not in the least shabby for a player who makes close to league minimum and who can also play effectively on the PK.

I guess, but he is just lame. He is not using that body, he is no defensive specialist despite seeing PK minutes. He is just... there. I would rather see someone more physical in that role.

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