northwest dave wrote:
I think the idea line combos are overrated. All the lines on the team should know the style of play being dictated. Sure, there are certain 'chemistry' things being developed, but a team needs to be able to jumble lines. In today's game it happens all the time. You need players to plug-n-play regularly.
I disagree to a point.
First off, certain lines have their roles. When I played I was on an energy line- generally kick the crap out of the other team. My linemates and I got comfortable being on the ice together, we knew each others strengths and weaknesses without it being said.
what is a team supposed to do when your line has no role? Or worse, you are only given that role before a game starts or its one you aren't comfortable with or you only got it that week at practice and with guys you aren't used to?
Trust me- it really matters who you play with. There are a ton of little things you subconsciously pick up on playing with the same guys- who's quicker on the forecheck, who's got the best outlet passes, is Perron taking that guy or should I drop back? How fast are we breaking out of the zone compaired to how I did it with (insert name), Etc. When you're on the ice and you're wasting 2 seconds making a decision or getting the timing on things down, or where you should be or what you're linemate is going to do- its too late.
When I played on a line that got screwed with (and absolutely without saying- a professional I am not
) it takes a little time. Two of us would find ourselves forechecking when we we're only doing a 1-2-2 forecheck, maybe I was a little quicker getting to a play than my linemate was because I was used to a faster breakout with my other teammate. Stuff like that.
These guys are pros but they aren't telepathic. Granted you expect a pro to be able to compete competently with whoever they are paired with they aren't superman and there's no substitute for time. Chemistry is a beautiful thing... when you have it.