So clearly the one line that has worked without question is the second line. In seven games Bertuzzi has 9 points, Franzen has 5 goals in 6 games and Filppula has 6 points as well, but looks dangerous out there. So what do you do when you have a line that’s on fire? Well according to Babcock, you break them up:
“We’re a much better team this year, there’s no question about it – much deeper,” he said. “We like what we’re getting out of the Helm line. We think Filppula, Franzen and Bertuzzi – and I might break that line this week – have been fantastic; probably our best line.”
I don’t understand it and neither does Babcock:
“I don’t even know why you’d think about breaking them up, but you’re trying to get other people rolling.”
I certainly wouldn’t do that, but he’s a Gold Medal winning coach. I’m a ex-college goalie who’s now a beer league all star. Who are you going to trust on this one?