Well, the Ducks are shaking some things up. A little bit. At practice today, they changed up the lines…….again. An offense with a 1.91 goals per game, which is 29th out of 30 teams, needs to be shaken up. Okay so, let’s take a look at these new lines.
First Line: Perry-Getzlaf-Ryan
Nothing different really. However, over the last three games, Ryan has been on a line with Koivu and Selanne while Matt Beleskey took his spot with Perry and Getzlaf.
Second Line: Selanne-Koivu-Cogliano
Hmmmm, well Cogliano really hasn’t had any impact on this offense, just 2 points through 11 games, however, he is a + 2. Selanne leads the team in points, but is a -3. Koivu has only 3 points, which are all assists, and is also a -3.
Third Line: Gordon-Macenauer-Smith-Pelly
Well, I’ve said this many times, but I might as well say it again. I believe Etem is better than Smith-Pelly, and I want those two swapped. Macenauer has been the most productive of these three………with 2 points, but is a +1. Smith-Pelly and Gordon both have 1 point and are both a -4.
Fourth Line: Parros-McMillan-Beleskey
George Moustache is having a typical……wait……sorry, again, George Parros is having a typical season, and he is a +2! Brandon McMillan has 2 points, both being assists, and like almost every other forward, is a -4. Okay, maybe not all of the forwards are a -4, but it sure seems that way. Matt Beleskey is pointless and is a -3, but he did have some very good chances against the Predators the other night, but being Matt Beleskey, did not score on any of them.
Well, I wish I could predict how these lines work out, but who knows at this point. None of the previous lines have not worked out very well. Obviously. It would help however, to just shoot the puck. You’re not going to win too many games if you’re only shooting the puck 20 times in a game. I’m a firm believer that peppering the goalie is one of the best ways to score. They’re gonna start going in eventually. So, we’ll see how these work out.
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