Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Steckel back for playoffs?

Not to go into blogger hysteria over minor issues heading into the NHL playoffs, but reading Tarik El-Bashir's blog today I was excited to see that d-men Shaone Morrisonn and Jeff Schultz practiced today and look promising for Friday night's game one.

But then I also noticed this note:
"Also, center David Steckel (broken finger) has been assigned to the fourth line with Donald Brashear and Matt Bradley, so it looks like he'll be good to go Friday."

I like Steckel and am glad to hear he's ready to go, but why insert him into a lineup that's won 11 of its last 12 games, all without Stecks.

And who does this bump? Boyd Gordon? Tomas Fleischmann? Eric Fehr? I'm not a huge Flash fan and Fehr hasn't done a whole lot statistically, but the Laich-Fehr-Fleischmann line has shown a lot of chemistry, and Gordon brings good speed to the fourth line with Bradley and Brashear.

I say leave the lineup the way it's been since early March, and if things start to go south in the series, shake it up and bring Steckel AND Quintin Laing back into the fold. For now, why mess with a good thing?

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