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for those who hate Cleary on the top line…

first off, keep in mind Weiss and Alfie, 2 of our top 6, are out and these lines are mere stopgaps for one more game.

second, while you don’t have to agree with the strategy, do you at least recognize that there is a strategy in place of trying to spread the scoring? Yeah, you could switch Tats and Clears, but then your third line is Helm, Abby, Cleary, which is essentially a checking line. Helm, Tats, Abby is a third scoring line. While he may not be a top 6 player, putting Cleary up top allows him to play the net front position (something he is much better than Drew Miller at by the way) and take the abuse while Bert roams a little more and shoots. Also, any line with Pav is going to be dangerous. I think Babs sees more of a strategic advantage to spreading the talent guys, assuming we’re going to get goals from the top line regardless and knowing secondary scoring is what we’ve been lacking.

But also, Cleary is a really solid defensive player which makes him versatile in the eyes of the coach. Tats on the other hand is a liability defensively and seeing that Bert is already the resident liability on that line, no matter how good Pav is, you can’t have two other defensive liabilities playing against top lines.

Tats’ last shift on the power play last night was utterly disastrous. The turnover was bad enough, but his boneheaded play in front of the Wings’ net right after had Gustavsson screaming at him after it cost us a goal. Thank god for that Nyquist goal, it made the mistakes much more forgettable. But you still can understand why Babs’ would hesitate to line him up against the other team’s top talent guys. He wants to put his 22 year old kid in the best position to succeed. Having Helm and Abby as line mates against third line guys doesn’t seem like too shabby of a spot for Tats. And once Alfie and Weiss come back, things will be readjusted accordingly and hopefully he and Gus can get back together. I’ve been waiting to see a Helm/Gus/Tats line all year. 

In any case, I think above all, the lines worked really well last night and Babs tends to not fix what aint broke

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 11/22/13 at 05:52 PM ET


Babs tends to not fix what aint broke

Yep, that’s Mike Babcock, never tinkers with what’s working…

Posted by Garth on 11/22/13 at 08:25 PM ET

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