“As expected, Tom Renney plans to jumble his lines tonight against the Thrashers.On paper, they all seem intriguing. Whether they work in reality remains to be seen.
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Wow I don’t like those lines for 2 reasons. First your breaking up the third line which has looked very strong for us the past week or so. They have given a lot of effort and their vigorous forecheck has drawn power plays and led to goals. Secondly Avery is not a first liner. He is a strong 3rd liner who has been playing on the second line for us this season. If I were coach I put Shanny Gomez and Jagr for the fact that both Jagr and Gomez are good set up men. Jagr can control the puck along the boards and Gomez’s speed makes up for Shannys lack of. Jagr and Gomez could feed Shanny the pill leaving the aging wingers only responsible for finishing. Avery is not a finisher, but a smart player who can read plays well and help out on the back check. That leaves the second line of Straka Drury and Avery. That’s a hard working line that will get pucks deep and benefit from Straka’s speed. The 2nd line of recent games Shanny-Drury-Avery has been anemic because of the lack of speed from Shanny. Drury scores goals by crashing the net and needs someone with speed to get the puck to him. Straka is a speedy winger who could fill that role along with Avery who keeps the line gritty. Those are my lines if I was coach for the day. _X_