There's been a lot of talk about our line combinations, especially with Hoffman being regulated to the 4th line. So I wanted to take a look at what the ideal combinations are. The stat I'm using to quantify a players performance is SAT/Rel/60. For example, Karlsson has a 20.8 which means that during the playoffs the Ottawa Senators have directed 20.8 more shot attempts at MontrÃ©al's net when Karlsson is on the ice as opposed to off of it per 60 minutes. #1 - Karlsson (20.8) #2 - Hoffman (20.1) #3 - Smith (13.1) #4 - Methot (8.6) #5 - Lazar (8.5) #6 - Gryba (5.6) #7 - Condra (4.4) #8 - Zibanejad (3.8) #9 - Stone (2.6) #10 - Pageau (1.9) #11 - Borowiecki (0) _____________________ #12 - Ryan (-0.9) #13 - MacArthur (-3.6) #14 - Turris (-5.4) #15 - Wiercioch (-7.5) #16 - Neil (-10.3) #17 - Michalek (-11) #18 - Legwand (-16.3) #19 - Chiasson (-30.4) #20 - Ceci (-34.9) Unknown - Cowen (regular season -4.5) Unknown - Prince (regular season 19.8 - only 1 game played) Unknown - Greening (regular season 3.1) Unknown - Wideman (unknown) What immediately stands out here, is that Gryba and Borowiecki have been getting a lot of the blame so far these playoffs when Wiercioch and Ceci have preformed worse. MacArthur - Turris - Stone Hoffman - Zibanejad - Ryan Condra - Pageau - Lazar X - Smith - X Methot - Karlsson Wiercioch - Gryba Borowiecki - X The question is at what point do you put in an unknown in the place of someone who's preformed poorly (the devil you know). I'd argue that Cameron made the right decision putting in Smith. Now he has to make another two decisions. Ceci must be benched for either Cowen or Wideman and Greening should be in for one of Michalek or Neil. Anyways just thought I'd share the numbers because Borowiecki, Gryba, Smith and Greening (especially during the regular season!) were positive surprises. Ceci, Wiercioch, Michalek were negative surprises. I was a big Greening hater but I think he should play.