Going into the playoffs

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  1. Virtanen2Horvat

    Virtanen2Horvat BoHorvat53

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    How do you guys feel about the Canucks going into the playoffs this season with Kesler and Booth returning? We have got to keep the Raymond Schroeder line for sure they have been putting up points.

    Sedin-Sedin-Burrows
    Higgins-Kesler-Booth
    Raymond-Schroeder-Hansen
    Volpatti-Malhotra-Kassian

    Now I know you all won't agree with the lineup above but it is going to be hard to fit some players like Kassian,Weise and Lapierre. I feel Kassian deserves better would you switch Kassian and Higgins? Remember we have the following:

    -Sedins and Burrows
    -American express line was it?
    -Raymond and Shredder/Hansen
    -Pretty solid 4th line and Volpatti brings us those scoring chances.

    I just see Lou and Schneider hoisting the cup for some reason but I do feel a deep run into the playoffs. Your thoughts?
     
  2. shortshorts

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    Sedin Sedin Burrows
    Booth Kesler Kassian
    Raymond Schroeder Hansen
    Higgins Lapierre Weise
    Volpatti Malhotra X
     
  3. LickTheEnvelope

    LickTheEnvelope 7th Overall is my jam

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    My thoughts are that with Schroeder's emergence into the NHL, and doing very well on both sides of the puck (while making Raymond better as well), I feel more confident in this team with him as 3C then I did with having no real good option. When Kesler and Booth come back, we'll have three (3) lines that can score AND are good in the defensive end.

    We have so many line combinations we can try out once we're fully healthy, it makes me giddy.
     
  5. More worried about the D pairings. Since no pairings really have chemistry and our best D is forced to play his offside. If you think its not a big deal, just look at how much the coach is shuffling the D pairings to try and figure out somethign that works, its clear none work so far (besides hamhuis and bieksa which leaves a pairing that didn't work well and may never) and thats all that is on my mind. not any combination of forward lines that will get mixed up anyway

    Not really worried for the season, i mean come playoff time. I think thats when minor things really get exposed. Players need to be at their best and players can't be at their best in an uncomfortable situation
     
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  6. shortshorts

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    Edler X
    Hamhuis Bieksa
    Ballard Tanev

    Despite Garrisons decent play, I truly think we made a mistake here committing to him. We really need to try Garrison on the right side.
     
  7. Virtanen2Horvat

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    Yea they need to get Garrison going on the PP as well.

    Hamhuis-Edler
    Ballard-Garrison
    Bieksa-Tanev

    Idk if this would work maybe but if problems were to occur I would put Ballard back with Tanev.
    But then again that is why we have Vandermeer and Barker so we can experiment. Maybe the trade deadline would be a good idea to get some chemistry on the defense.
     
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    Sedin Sedin Kassian
    Burrows Kesler Hansen
    Raymond Schroeder Booth
    Higgins Lapierre Volaptti
    Weise Malholtra
     
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    poor old weise. gets a promotion, but may have lost his incumbent spot because of it.
     
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    I wouldn't drop Kassian all the way to the fourth line. If Kassian and Schroeder are playing well at the end of the regular season:

    Sedin Sedin Kassian
    Booth Kesler Burrows
    Raymond Schroeder Hansen
    Higgins Malhotra Lapierre
    Weise Volpatti

    If Schroeder's is struggling, move Lapierre to 3C. If Kassian struggles, move him to 3R and move Hansen and Burrows back up.
     
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    Not sure why some people want the teams leading goal scorer playing on the 4th line.

    I would much rather have Kassian playing in the top six over players like Higgens or Hansen.
     
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    Sedin-Sedin-Burrows
    Booth-Kesler-Kassian
    Raymond-Schroeder-Hansen
    Higgins-Lapierre-Volpatti/Weise

    That's a lineup where you can roll all 4 lines and be confident doing so.

    Edler-Hamhuis / Hamhuis-Bieksa
    Bieksa-Garrison / Edler- Garrison
    Ballard-Tanev

    Roll with whatever top 4 combination is working. This defense is so stacked you can hardly go wrong anyway.

    PP:

    Sedin-Sedin-Kesler
    Edler-Burrows/Hamhuis

    Raymond-Schroeder-Kassian
    Garrison-Bieksa/Hamhuis

    So many combinations that could be used. I guess we will find out what works once we are healthy.

    PK:

    Kesler-Burrows

    Raymond-Hansen

    Lapierre-Higgins

    (Rolling all 3 D pairings)


    Such a complete team when healthy. Going to be so fun to watch. :)
     
  13. LiquidSnake

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    Should be:

    Sedin Sedin Burr
    Booth Kesler Kassian
    Raymond Schroeder Hansen
    Higgins Lappy Weise or TDD acquistion (hoping Raffi Torres)
     
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    I'm confident in this team. The defense is really where the advantage lies for this team, having three top 4 pairs is a huge bonus for us and will help a ton in the playoffs.

    Garrison is playing a much more solid and steady defensive game and thats what we need, we know he has the shot and once he starts getting used properly the goals will begin to come.

    But aslong as he can maintain steady and reliable play he is solid for us, his size & mobility will really be huge for us in the playoffs as he will be able to handle bigger forwards.

    Then having Schroeder emerge as the clear candidate for the 3C role, only adds more depth and versitility, once Schroeder really gets completely comfortable (Around the latter stages of the season and post season) then we will really see what he can bring.

    I have no complaints, on paper it could be just as good if not better than the 10/11 team honestly.
     
  15. Depends...
     
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    The last little bit has proven this team is really good at 5-on-5. I'd like to see what Kesler and Booth's return does and then re-evaluate things.
     
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    I believe in the overall scheme of things it may be better to run this lineup:

    Sedin Sedin Kassian
    Booth Kesler Burrows
    Raymond Schroeder Hansen
    Lapierre Higgins Malhotra
    Volpatti Weise
     
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    I was thinking the same thing, if Phoenix has a fall I think its a great move to reaquire him.
     
  20. Smokey McCanucks

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    The point is, we are a serious contender AGAIN, have major depth at every position, and will get close to even odds against anyone we play in any round. Maybe this is the year it all comes together at last...maybe not, but we know we have as good a shot as anyone and really that's all you can ask for. Now let's all just sit back and enjoy the goalie controversy/platoon.
     
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    ...on injuries.
     
  22. Real Gudbranson

    Real Gudbranson Playoff Bound

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    Don't say the I word. But this is a deeper team than in 10/11. It's going to be fun.
     
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    Sedin - Sedin - Burrows
    Booth - Kesler - Kassian
    Raymond - Schroeder - Hansen
    Higgins - Lapierre/Malhotra - Volpatti/Weise

    The beauty of these lines, is that nothing has to be set. You can mix and match all the wingers.

    PP

    Sedin - Sedin - Kesler
    Hamhuis - Edler

    Burrows/Raymond - Schroeder - Kassian
    Bieksa/Ballard - Garrison

    I like Garrison on the 2nd unit because he won't feel the need to differ to the Sedins. Also Schroeds and Kassian can throw him some great passes.

    Garrison and Edler MUST play the right side on the PP(Or move over there once the puck has been dropped) or we might as well decline all power plays.

    PK

    Kesler - Burrows

    Raymond - Hansen

    Lapierre - Higgins
     
  24. ddawg1950

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    Agree about the depth.

    But I am a long time Canuck fan.

    I don't do fun.
     
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    It's still a ways from the playoffs, and a lot can change between now and then. So there's that...

    I will say, i'm growing a little bit more comfortable with Schroeder as the #3C for this team going toward the playoffs...so long as AV is going to manage him like a normal player, and not disrupt everything else trying to 'hide' him come playoffs. That #3C is still the spot i could see us most upgrading at the deadline, but there's the worry that Gillis goes out and grabs another 'Pahlsson' for down the stretch run, leaving Schroeder as 'depth' in the minors and neutering the offensive output of that '3rd line'.

    Personally, i still think the best option that i'd feel most confident with, is in Kesler centering a 'Shutdown 2nd Line'.

    Sedin-Sedin-Kassian
    Burrows-Kesler-Hansen
    Raymond-Schroeder-Booth
    Higgins-Malhotra-Lapierre


    or if Kassian isn't putting up points with the Twins, the effort drops off, or he's getting exposed defensively, you swap Burrows back in there and have something like...

    Sedin-Sedin-Burrows
    Higgins-Kesler-Hansen
    Raymond-Schroeder-Booth
    Malhotra-Lapierre-Kassian


    With a lineup like that, you've got capable players like Weise and Volpatti in reserve if a series gets nasty and you need some extra 'grit' here and there. And you've got a guy like Jensen stashed in the minors if you suffer a few injuries in the top-six. It's a very deep lineup, as long as Schroeder can hold up.
     

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