Monday, November 17, 2008

CASH Line reunited, and other roster notes

From the Ottawa Sun (via Sens Chirp) here are the roster combinations for tonight's game against the New York Rangers:



Craig Hartsburg has swallowed his pride and decided to do what many have been calling for for weeks--reunite the CASH Line. I wasn't one of the people calling for it, but right now I'll settle for anything that might work. And tonight we will see if it will work.

I guess that 'offensive players in offensive roles' idea was short-lived, as Ilya Zubov--an offensive player by any measure--is now relegated to fourth-line play despite a solid season debut. It might actually be better for him, though, because both Dean McAmmond and Shean Donovan are speedy and consistent, and they might work well with one another.

I'm not sure what to think of the second and third lines; I guess you could call one line 2A and the other line 2B. I would think that Jarkko Ruutu-Mike Fisher-Nick Foligno will be more of a checking line, but Antoine Vermette-Chris Kelly-Jesse Winchester won't have much offensive flair unless Vermette makes some miracles, Winchester starts taking offensive chances, and Kelly picks up his game.

On defence, Christoph Schubert is a healthy scratch while Brendan Bell draws into the lineup. (As an aside, our recent number of callups from Binghamton really hurt the B-Sens last night, as they lost 9-0 to Hershey.) We'll see how Bell does, but he did well enough in the pre-season and won't likely see much ice time outside of the powerplay. And it will be nice to have an actual powerplay quarterback, even if he is a second- (or third-)tier QB, on the point.

In nets, we will naturally see Alex Auld start. No big surprise there.
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