Projected lineup for tonight

According to Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, if Shawn Thornton is ready to go, Vladimir Sobotka will be a healthy scratch. Here is the rest of the lineup:

Brad Marchand
Patrice Bergeron
Michael Ryder
Marco Sturm
David Krejci
Mark Recchi
Daniel Paille
Trent Whitfield
Blake Wheeler
Shawn Thornton
Steve Begin
Byron Bitz

While Whitfield is a natural center and better on faceoffs, taking Sobotka out of the lineup for a career AHLer is a mistake. Sobotka has skated the previous two games on a line with Whitfield and Wheeler. Although he has not looked good, he still has had better performances than both of his linemates.  Sobotka should be in this lineup and given an opportunity to show he is ready for the NHL. Benching him after two games where he played with terrible linemates will only continue to hurt his confidence.

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One Response to Projected lineup for tonight

  1. joe says:

    Get over Kessel will ya, he is gone, big deal. Another power foward will be brought in and the other sook can wallo in that mess of leafs nation. Good luck to the turd!!

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