HNIC Star Selector - Stanley Cup Finals - Game 4 - Bruins vs Canucks

In our last entry we offered up some by period strategy to assist with your selections.  Today, we are going to evolve this by conducting a player by player pro's & con's analysis of some of the more popular Star Selector athletes.

Let's get right to it:

Tim Thomas
Pro's:  How does a 13 - 8 record, 2.21 G.A.A and a .930 save percentage transfer in the Star Selector scoring system?  You guessed it, the playoff leading Star Selector.  Thomas is putting up big points and even contributed an additional 5 points for his hit Monday night.
Con's:  Vancouver's offence has been relatively quiet in the last few games and they are due for a breakout.  This still wouldn't deter me from starting or even captaining him.

Roberto Luongo
Pro's:  Up until Monday night's snowman Luongo was winning the battle of the goalies and a lock for any star selector starting lineup.
Con's:  There are some eerie similarities between Monday's game and the Chicago series.  A five minute major along with blow out loss makes Bobby Lou a risky choice tonight.  A better strategy might be to insert Luongo into your lineup after the flow of the game is established.

Ryan Kesler
Pro's:  Scores you star selector points on almost every shift he plays.  Hits, face-offs, blocked shots, goals, assists, this guy does it all.
Con's:  His health.  The extent of Kesler's injuries are unknown to anyone outside of the Canucks inner circle and there is speculation that he wouldn't be in the lineup if this was a regular season game.

Patrice Bergeron
Pro:  See Ryan Kesler.  He is dominant in the face off circle and now sits fourth in playoff star selector scoring.   Bergeron is a must start tonight.
Con:  If you can find a con with Bergeron's game please tweet what it is to @ingamersports.

Henrik and Daniel Sedin
Pro's:  There is a good chance that the NHL & their officials try to get control of this game tonight by unfortunately calling a lot of penalties translating into power play opportunities for the back to back Art Ross trophy winning brothers.
Con's:  The Sedin's do not kill penalties and increasing the number of Canuck trips to the box equates to bench time for the twins.  Henrik and Daniel are at their best when the play big minutes so long stretches on the bench impacts their ability to get in the flow of the game.

Milan Lucic
Pro's:  These are the type of games that you expect big things from the premier power forward in hockey.
Con's:  Lucic offensively has been quiet this postseason.  Case in point:  Boston scored 8 goals Monday night and Lucic still somehow managed to put up a goose egg (minus the PIM's) on the scoring ledger.

Alexandre Burrows
Pro's:  Scores big goals, plays with the Sedin's and is one of the leagues premier agitators.
Con's: Burrows produces a lot of points by going to the dirty areas of the ice and finishing off the work of Henrik & Daniel.  If the twins are quiet tonight there is a good chance Burrows will be too.

David Krejci
Pro's:  Extremely gifted offensively and is one of the most consistent point producers in the Bruins lineup.
Con's:  He just lost his line mate in Nathan Horton.  How he adjust to playing with Rich Peverley or Michael Ryder remains to be seen.

Mark Recchi
Pro's:  Has scored in consecutive games including a two goal performance Monday night.  He also has 2 Stanley Cup rings so there is no reason to question his ability to handle the pressure of tonights game.
Con's:  Has gone through some pointless stretches including a recent 8 game draught.

This isn't to suggest that your player selections should be limited to the above.  Zdeno Chara, Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa are elite level defenseman contributing at both ends of the rinks warranting more than a little consideration.  So choose wisely tonight and enjoy what promises to be an exciting and physical contest.  Good luck with your picks and thanks for reading!

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