Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Getting there

Based on James Gordon's observations of yesterday morning practice, it looks like the top three lines are closer to resembling their regular season format (for better or worse):

Sc1: Heatley/Spezza/Winchester (gawd help us if Spezza can't take the next step forward and Winchester can't keep up)
Sc2: Kelly/Vermette/Alfredsson (probably the most robust and responsible line available)
Chk1: Foligno/Fisher/Neil (a.k.a. energy/pain line 1)
Chk2: is uh, Smith-Mauldin-Carkner (?!)

Zubov, Hennessy, Shannon and Nikulin were all cut, so the fourth line will likely be Ruutu/Bass/Donovan (a.k.a. energy/pain line 2). Of course, since Mike Fisher will probably miss half the season with assorted ailments, I'd like to see Bass get a chance on line 3, with Deano centering line 4.

As for the defense, beyond Phillchenkov your guess is as good as mine.

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