Jim, I think, barring injuries, the lines that Sutter has used the last couple weeks will be the ones he goes with unless they begin to slump. Those combinations are: Alex Zhamnov-Theo Fleury-Kyle Calder; Tyler Arnason-Eric Daze-Steve Sullivan; Andrei Nikolishin-Steve Thomas-Chris Simon/Igor Korolev; Mike Eastwood-Mark Bell-Sergei Berezin. I think these lines are pretty good, there's some balance as far as scoring on all of them.
That's an excellent question, Mark. Right now I'm not sure Bob Probert wouldn't have given the Hawks more. Whether it's because he's in the last year of his contract and doesn't want to risk getting hurt, or the impending birth of his child has something to do with it, I don't know. Unless he picks it up the last half, I doubt he'll be here next season.
Can you explain for me how the plus/minus (+/-) rating is calculated and which one is considered good? --Gary Mitchell, Sugar Land, Texas
Basically, when teams are at even strength, players receive a plus whenever they score a goal. Conversely, the players that are scored against receive a minus. Plus/minus is also awarded when a team scores a short-handed goal--the short-handed team receives a plus and the power play boys get a minus.