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#21 rrasco

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 04:47 PM

Tatar did play in Abs' spot, for two shifts.  Then that was it.  That actually makes me think there was something up with Abby over Babs giving Tatar a chance.  What baffles me even more is seeing Abs on the PP.


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Posted 06 March 2013 - 04:50 PM

This line is frustrating...

 

1. Why is our all-world playmaker paired up with guys who have not really shown they are great finishers?

2. Why after 5 games or so of this line and a very anemic offensive output over that time is a change not coming?

3. Why not try Tatar on this line?  Strong on the puck and strong finisher.  Dats - Cleary - Tatar

4. Or how about bringing Nyquist back up and pairing him with Dats?

 

What is our brain trust really thinking here with this line?

I couldn't agree more. The only thing we can hope is when Bert, Helm and a few others come back we won't have to deal with this joke of a line anymore


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Posted 06 March 2013 - 05:05 PM

Until we get a few more bodies back up front, I'd like to see:

 

Brunner-Zetterberg-Franzen

Tatar-Datsyuk-Eaves

Miller-Andersson-Cleary

Abdelkader-Emmerton-Tootoo

 

Change things up a bit, and potentially give us a decent crash and bang line as well as get some faster guys with Datsyuk.


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Posted 06 March 2013 - 05:35 PM

I agree with you 100% but think Babs thinks it just doesn't matter who is on Dats line he will make the better then the other teams line. Now some of that is true he does make his line mates better but give the guy a chance. Tatar would be a great choice and right now if he doesn't move up Nyquest I would choose Andersson Helm would be good when he comes back

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 05:41 PM

I don't like this line either, but we are winning games.  I think Babcock wants defense to win games until we get Filpula, Samuelson, and Helm back.  Offensively, it isn't great, but they don't give up goals either.

 

We are 4-4-3 in our last 11 games. Take away the 8-goal trouncing we gave Luongo and the Nucks, and we're averaging just barely over 2 goals per game. If it wasn't for Howard coming around and heating up over the last stretch, we would be much, much worse off.

 

That line isn't producing, and we need it to. Period.



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 06:33 PM

Injuries are exactly the time when a player like Tatar should get top line minutes.  Perfect opportunity to see what he's got with comparable linemates.  When we're healthy he absolutely won't get a chance, we all know that.  Underutilization of talent by Babs IMO.

 

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:59 PM

We're winning, aren't we?  However ugly it may be, when we're winning I don't think we should be questioning Babcock's choices too much.  Plus we do have those injuries.  Without Fil and (bare with me, Bertuzzi), we don't have the scorers to play high scoring games.  We can win low scoring games with this line, so that's why they're using it.



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:08 PM

We're 2-2 (luckily) in the last four games with that line contributing zero to the offense. Change it.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:23 PM

We're 2-2 (luckily) in the last four games with that line contributing zero to the offense. Change it.

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That line did have the second goal last night (Abby to Dats to E to Kronner). If Tatar has a better game than last night, I'd like to see him take the place of whoever is playing worse of Abby/Cleary (Cleary was worse last night) tomorrow during the game.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:29 PM

That line did have the second goal last night (Abby to Dats to E to Kronner). If Tatar has a better game than last night, I'd like to see him take the place of whoever is playing worse of Abby/Cleary (Cleary was worse last night) tomorrow during the game.

 

Oh yeah, the flukey goal from the dman that bounced off the boards and the goalie's skate and went in.  How could I forget about that pure domination?

 

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:40 PM

Babcock's decision to ice this line is the first decision of his that has made me angry. Every time I see the line hit the ice, the pure disgust I feel makes me want to turn the game off.

 

I am aware that Babcock likes this line because he feels it has defensive acumen, but it is also absolutely incapable of scoring.



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:54 PM

Oh yeah, the flukey goal from the dman that bounced off the boards and the goalie's skate and went in.  How could I forget about that pure domination?

 

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This. It's funny how people are justifying that line like they actually scored a goal. It was just a pure lucky bounce otherwise that line would have went pointless again for the 4th straight game. If Datsyuk had 0 points in 4 games = something is seriously wrong.



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:55 PM

Babcock's decision to ice this line is the first decision of his that has made me angry. Every time I see the line hit the ice, the pure disgust I feel makes me want to turn the game off.
 
I am aware that Babcock likes this line because he feels it has defensive acumen, but it is also absolutely incapable of scoring.


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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:59 PM

I am all for us flukey-ing our way deep into the playoffs.....i likes the slop!!!

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:06 PM

Babcock's decision to ice this line is the first decision of his that has made me angry. Every time I see the line hit the ice, the pure disgust I feel makes me want to turn the game off.

 

I am aware that Babcock likes this line because he feels it has defensive acumen, but it is also absolutely incapable of scoring.

 

Crymson, Babcock has won everything there is to win.  

 

How dare you criticize him?  Name me a guy who's more accomplished and could coach this team better?


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Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:14 PM

everyone stop freaking out. as soon as fil comes back this wont be an issue



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 12:07 AM

Crymson, Babcock has won everything there is to win.  

 

How dare you criticize him?  Name me a guy who's more accomplished and could coach this team better?

 

This appears to be you trying too hard, but you can't even do that right.

 

Babcock is still the best available. He's not perfect, but he's less imperfect than just about anyone else out there.



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 04:56 AM

I have to agree with Crymson on this.  Babcock is a top coach in the NHL.  I also agree that the Datsyuk line is the most frustrating line I've seen in awhile by Babcock.



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 05:15 AM

I have to agree with Crymson on this.  Babcock is a top coach in the NHL.  I also agree that the Datsyuk line is the most frustrating line I've seen in awhile by Babcock.

Open your eyes!  Can you not see what Babs is doing?



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:37 AM

I also don't care for this line.  I don't hate on Cleary and Abs like a lot of posters here (I don't love them either) but to me, it's about finish.  Maybe Datsyuk does feel like Cleary and Abs create some space for him.  But they both score goals by grinding, picing up trash around the net.  They can't finish the way they need to in order to really make Datsyuk effective.  Personally, I would rather see the following lines (a mixture of if I hadit my way and being somewhat realistic as to the potential of what Babcock could do):

 

Abdelkader - Zetterberg - Brunner

Franzen - Datsyuk - Eaves

Tatar - Andersson - Cleary

Miller - Emmerton - Tootoo


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