I think he just misses Stuey back there. Having a consistent partner who is dependable does a lot for any D-man. Things that were previously feeling natural now require active thought and I don't think many people would mistake his smarts for Lids.
Third line snake-bitten with just two goals in first seven games.
If the line doesn’t improve soon, Babcock has options. He can mix up the third and fourth lines, moving either Drew Miller or Patrick Eaves onto the third line. He also can insert Justin Abdelkader into the lineup. and from: http://www.mlive.com...nwall_is_d.html
"We're a much better team this year, there's no question about it - much deeper," he said. "We like what we're getting out of the Helm line. We think Filppula, Franzen and Bertuzzi - and I might break that line this week – have been fantastic; probably our best line."
"I don’t even know why you’d think about breaking them up, but you’re trying to get other people rolling."
I don't like the sound of that, but if that's what he's thinking I'm guessing Flip is gonna be moved to the third line. He can act as a defensive stop gap for them, while maybe Bert can bank a couple in off Modano's shinpads.
I think all this tinkering hurts the integrity and credibility of the game - especially changes having to do with wins and losses. Any change they make should be agreed to be in effect for a long period of time, like 10 years or something like that. Otherwise it just seems like they'ref****** around with the game.
In a nationwide study of Americans in 1993, 62 percent of whites said they loved or liked the NBA. By 2003, that dropped to 50 percent. Viewed a different way, whites who said they hated or disliked the NBA rose from 21 percent in 1993 to 30 percent in 2003.
The NFL and NBA are post-integration. The NHL isn't there yet.