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Splitting up Hank and Pavs

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As per Khan, all lines are getting the shake up for tomorrow's game. www.mlive.com/redwings

It will be interesting to see what Tatertots can do with Hank!

Thoughts?

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I don't mind them splitting up for the time being, but I would prefer Zetterberg stay on the wing...since...you know...he's the only winger that seems to be capable of scoring goals.

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it could hardly be worse than the Ottawa game, in terms of production. Why not?

For sure. I was at that game....nice waste of 6th row seats! Lol

Anyway, they have to do something because everyone is flat. I have serious doubts about Mule and Tatar together.....they both aren't really strong defensively so that line could either be lethal in a good way or in a horrible way. Bert has always played well with Pavel...but Pavs makes everyone better. The 4th line is solid.

The third line is like an online dating site -- random people lumped together who probably don't compliment each other, have no mojo and at the end of the night, nobody is gonna score :P

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looks like weiss has got some proving to do to earn 2nd line minutes now great line mates hes got abs and cleary

glad to see tatar getting what he deserves

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better work, I will be there, and I will be playing the dan cleary drinking game. I won't remember most of the night

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better work, I will be there, and I will be playing the dan cleary drinking game. I won't remember most of the night

I hope your eye doesn't look like Dan Cleary after he plays the Dan Cleary drinking game.....urrr when he's not playing that game! Have fun and I hope they light the lamp for you!

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I have serious doubts about Mule. Period. This is not recent with me, however. I find myself wishing for Nyquist.

And E and Kronner back, please???

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This really all falls on Weiss. The Red Wings haven't been able to play the Euro-Twins consistently together for years now because they didn't have a second line center that produced enough. They are fine apart, but better on the same line as we have all seen them carrying the team offensively to start the season.

I'm not giving up on Weiss yet, but the whole point of his signing was to give the Red Wings more secondary scoring. To be fair, nobody outside of Alfredsson has done much either to help the Euro-Twins.

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I have serious doubts about Mule. Period. This is not recent with me, however. I find myself wishing for Nyquist.

And E and Kronner back, please???

I don't understand and I simply never WILL understand why Franzen is the only guy on this team that never seems to be held accountable. Babs will demote guys like Weiss, Hudler, Flip, Brunner, Alfredsson and other talented players to the 3rd line when they are not showing up. I can think of twice that Franzenfloat has been demoted in the last 5 years. It appears that Babock thinks Mule is one shift away from that magical 2008 run. Let it go man.....He's lazy, inconsistent, erratic and uninspired. I for one am getting a bit tired of watching the guy stroll around out there like he's out for a Sunday walk and not being called on his sh@t.
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This really all falls on Weiss. The Red Wings haven't been able to play the Euro-Twins consistently together for years now because they didn't have a second line center that produced enough. They are fine apart, but better on the same line as we have all seen them carrying the team offensively to start the season.

I'm not giving up on Weiss yet, but the whole point of his signing was to give the Red Wings more secondary scoring. To be fair, nobody outside of Alfredsson has done much either to help the Euro-Twins.

Wasn't he supposed to be this major upgrade over Filppula? What was it that Babcock said about Flip, sometimes the devil you know is better than the one you don't?

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As much as I love watching Z and Dats play together, I really think these new lines are overall much better and wisely chosen. Especially with Abby finally being on the 3rd line where he belongs.

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Don't we see this every year? Saying goes "It's great to finally have Z and Dats on the same line."

Until we stop scoring. Then they are broken up.

Expected and hopeful to see results.

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I actually kinda like the third line. Like J.J. @ WIiM said, it's sort of a Grind Line throwback dealy, at least on paper.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but all of Draper, Maltby, and McCarty were able to skate, shoot, and hit, none of which Cleary can do anymore.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but all of Draper, Maltby, and McCarty were able to skate, shoot, and hit, none of which Cleary can do anymore.

Maybe not Draper ;)

Anyway, since the other 3 lines have scored about 2 goals between them, it was alas only a matter of time before Pav and Hank were split up. Will they drag the others up to their level, or will they be dragged down?

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Maybe not Draper ;)

Anyway, since the other 3 lines have scored about 2 goals between them, it was alas only a matter of time before Pav and Hank were split up. Will they drag the others up to their level, or will they be dragged down?

I actually firmly believe mule will start producing with z setting him up. However, it would be more suited for him to play with Datsyuk, and alfie with z, but I digress.

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These two have seen more split-ups than a divorce court. Just do something that will put Cleary out of the mix, and maybe things will improve.

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I don't understand and I simply never WILL understand why Franzen is the only guy on this team that never seems to be held accountable. Babs will demote guys like Weiss, Hudler, Flip, Brunner, Alfredsson and other talented players to the 3rd line when they are not showing up. I can think of twice that Franzenfloat has been demoted in the last 5 years. It appears that Babock thinks Mule is one shift away from that magical 2008 run. Let it go man.....He's lazy, inconsistent, erratic and uninspired. I for one am getting a bit tired of watching the guy stroll around out there like he's out for a Sunday walk and not being called on his sh@t.

In Babcock's defense, I don't think it's a matter of putting Franzen on a lower line, but who do you put up on the top 6? He's tried nearly every one of the bottom six players on the top lines, and none of them have really taken the ball and run with it. Like it or not, Franzen is a highly streaky player, and will do nothing for weeks and then score 8 goals in 5 games, then go back to being invisible for a month or two. It is what is. Wash, rinse, repeat.

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i actually wanted to split up dats a z after our first few games when i saw no other line could do anything

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but all of Draper, Maltby, and McCarty were able to skate, shoot, and hit, none of which Cleary can do anymore.

You don't have to mention Cleary in every post you make, Crymson. In fact, I bet you're doing exactly what he wants.

Be strong. Don't let him win.

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I would like to see Zetterberg play with Weiss but this should be interesting. A little bit concerned about the lack of speed on the first line maybe.

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Figured I'd just put this here since it wasn't posted in this thread.

Todd Bertuzzi-Pavel Datsyuk-Daniel Alfredsson

Johan Franzen-Henrik Zetterberg-Tomas Tatar

Daniel Cleary-Stephen Weiss-Justin Abdelkader

Drew Miller-Joakim Andersson-Jordin Tootoo/Mikael Samuelsson

Niklas Kronwall-Brendan Smith

Kyle Quincey-Danny DeKeyser

Brian Lashoff-Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard (starting)

Jonas Gustavsson

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