Zetterberg Datsyuk Abdelkader
Franzen Weiss Alfredsson
Miller Helm Bertuzzi
Nyquuist Andersson Samuelsson
My starting lineup
Bertuzzi Datsyuk Tatar
Franzen Zetterberg Andersson
Nyquist Weiss Alfredsson
Abdelkader Helm Tootoo
Extra: Samuelsson, Eaves, Miller
- Three scoring lines of this caliber will be very tough for most teams to match. On any given night, you won't know which Red Wings line is the top line.
- Dispersing the kids(Tatar, Nyquist and Andersson) through the lineup prevents the kids from getting exposed too badly. You've got serious veteran presence on every line to keep everything composed.
- Ericsson gives Smith an effective defensive defenseman, which should allow Smith to do what he does best - skate with the puck.
- Mrazek over Gustavsson as NHL backup. Gustavsson, because of injuries and play, is plain unreliable. Mrazek is young, but what does another AHL season do for him? He's already won the Calder Cup. I'd reduce Jimmy's load to 55 games or so and give Mrazek 27 starts.