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BTB BLOG: LINE 'EM UP

Friday, 10.12.2007 / 4:51 PM / Blogs - Beyond the Boards
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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BTB BLOG: LINE \'EM UP
10.12.07, 4:07 p.m. ::::

"The one good thing about hockey lines is that you're going to put them together and you're going to take them apart."

That was Lindy Ruff's quote this morning talking about his new lines from Thursday night, which were:

Jason Pominville, Tim Connolly and Jochen Hecht
Ales Kotalik, Paul Gaustad and Maxim Afinogenov
Drew Stafford, Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek
Mike Ryan, Adam Mair and Daniel Paille

Ruff's comment was directed more towards Roy's and Gaustad's lines.  Certain pairs of players will almost always be together in the lineup:  Pominville and Hecht, Roy and Vanek.

Aside from those four, and even those four in certain cases, players are interchangeable from time to time to create a spark.

Pomminville and Hecht have been able to stay productive for good period of time playing alongside each other.  Same goes for Vanek and Roy.  If those pairs are playing well, it might be detrimental to separate them.

Afinogenov's move to Gaustad's line is simple.

Ruff wanted a goal scorer combined with a playmaker.  Add to that thinking the fact that Stafford thrived in the playoffs skating with Roy and Vanek, and Pominville/Hecht thrive with an offensively gifted center (i.e. Daniel Briere, now Tim Connolly), and you've got your lines.

The common stigma in hockey is fix it when it's broken. 

If you're winning, keep the lines the same.  If you lose, it may be time to switch things up.

These lines are here to stay for at least another game after Buffalo's 6-0 win over Atlanta.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82