I think going power on power always worked for us in the past. With Larkin in the fold, and Pav back soon, why not do it again? The 4th line vs the 2nd line for other teams still gives us our 2nd line vs other teams 3rds, and then the 3rd vs the 4th. At least when we can dictate the matchups. We have enough depth up front that those matchups should favor us big time.
Ummm..... no. We have Always had a top checking line take out the other team top lines when we used to win cups. Gring Line ring any bells? maltby-Draper-Kocur then Mccarty. That was their job.
Think back a couple of years. We played the Hawks in the PO's and had Z cover Toews. Yes he shut him down. But at the same time Z didn't score. We lost the series. When you take your best players that cost the most money and have them play D first, you hurt your own O. It takes more energy to play D than O. Federov used to talk about that. Yes your top players have to play some D. But have them cover the other teams 2nd/3rd lines when they don't have to spend so much energy and can still score us points.
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