Is Ron Wilson’s Line Shuffling Stacking the Deck Against the Maple Leafs?

November 19th, 2009 by Louis Pisano Leave a reply »

By Louis "King of Roncesvalles" Pisano

Given that not much seems to be going the Leafs' way, changing up the lines and defensive pairings would usually be an acceptable solution as a coaching decision.

But have the Leafs really had any time this season to form some chemistry with a set lineup over a period of time?

Not that I’ve seen.

The lack of success early in the season led to many line changes as some of the young players, who in the preseason gave Leaf fans hopes for a playoff berth, were watching from the press box and eventually sent down to the Marlies.

Then, with Phil Kessel being cleared to play and inserted into the lineup, the juggling continued while the coaching staff tried to find complementary players for this young sniper.

With that in mind, ...

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