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At the start of the season, the Red Wings' third line consisted of Todd Bertuzzi, Joakim Andersson and Dan Cleary. This line has been shredded and reorganized since then, with only Dan Cleary still being on the third line as of last game against the Sharks.
For how much each of these individuals have had time to build chemistry with their new linemates (Bertuzzi on the first and second line and Joakim Andersson now centering the fourth line), it is amazing that they have any points whatsoever.
Sure, Cleary and Bertuzzi have been playing in the NHL for many seasons, but it still doesn't make it any easier switching lines after (what seems like) almost every game.
Bertuzzi has only two goals and an assist but also has only 16 shots on goal. If he could keep up his 12.5 shooting percentage while generating some more shots, it would vastly help Detroit no matter what line he plays on going forward. Bertuzzi is a versatile forward and has shown that he can play wherever (line-wise) Babcock needs him.
If Cleary can find a way to start contributing more on the third line, he would silence the critics saying that he shouldn't have been brought back for another season. Thus far, Cleary has just two points in 10 games, putting him on pace to barely break 15 points on the season. That is unacceptable.
For Andersson, it will be interesting to see where he fits in the picture once Darren Helm finally comes back. Andersson was doing fine on the third line, but the demotion of Stephen Weiss booted Andersson to the fourth-line center position.
Analysis: It is difficult to give these three players an accurate mark based on their performance for the team thus far. If they had all played on the same line for all 10 games, the grade would be easily much worse than the "B-" they've been given here. But good hockey players don't make excuses for changing circumstances; they get the job done, regardless.