“Friday night and I need a fight, my motorcycle and a switch blade knife!”
No, no, no, I am not 22 anymore.
It’s Friday night and after a long day of work, the family is ordering pizza, I am about to have a beer and I have 10 minutes to kill…so what better way to do it than you hang out with you misfits.
(The Checkmate Line)
That is three smart, creative players. Each one can skate, pass, shoot and score. Gaborik’s presence also “frees” Kopitar because players cannot just focus on Team Slovenia to shut down five players. That is why Carter and Kopitar (and Carter and pretty much any talented player) are effective…try to manage one, the other one is open.
This line lacks a power forward so forechecking and the dot-to-boards play is not their strength. It will be interesting to see whether a high skilled trio like this fits with our overpowering and grinding style.
For those of you asking “checkmate?” Think about it…
(The Bromance Line)
Richards and Carter are like hops and beer. Should they have ever been broken up? Who cares. They are back together. Tyler is the wild card. If he plays 200 feet, this line will be the L.A. Kings’ most balanced in all three zones.
And will Toffoli stick at left wing? In a very small and recent sample size, pretty not bad.
(The Castoff Line)
Dwight King isn’t a top 6 forward!
Dustin Brown isn’t a leader!
Jarret Stoll isn’t either!
Heard it? Said it? Thought it?
So the secret to Dustin Brown performing well is to just put him on the third line and eliminate all expectations. I wish our Captain would have told us that a while back. Could have saved me a lot of grief.
Truth is, Dustin Brown’s game is that of a forechecking power forward who occasionally contributes offensively. We saw his best in the 2012 playoffs. If he is willing to show us his best again, color me ready and waiting.
This group will win faceoffs because of Stolly, wear down opposing forwards and defensemen and provide offense against teams who have lesser third lines. Will Darryl Sutter use this as his shutdown line? Or a third scoring and checking line while he rolls four? I hope it’s the latter.
(The Lunch Pail Line)
No pressure. Just go out there and fuck up opposing forwards and D.
You have three excellent skaters. Each one of these guys has a powerful first step and high mid range speed. Nolan and Clifford bring the edge and snarl while Lewis can back check and draw penalties.
I kind of love this line. Lunch pail. Hard hats.
Marian Gaborik is Simon Gagne Redux? Or Is He More?
What I remember most was Surly’s excitement. When we got Simon Gagne, he was a Ga Ga. A true left wing. A sniper. A speedster. A legitimate top 6 scorer…”with a long injury past”, I reminded him.
I was not excited. I was cautious. But I loved that he was pumped and he got me to keep a positive outlook.
Surly loves the Marian Gaborik trade, that of an often injured speedster and sniper, a legitimate top 6 scorer.
We will see eh?
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