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Senators’ Spezza hopes to mesh with his linemates, whoever they are

Ottawa Senators v Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: at Joe Louis Arena on October 23, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

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The list of linemates for Jason Spezza looks like it will continue to change.

It prompts the question: just how is Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean now choosing who plays wing with Spezza? It is through some sort of hockey-specific scientific process, or by flipping a coin, or by picking names out of a hat?

As Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports, the number of wingers rotating on and off of Spezza’s line has been ample. It began with Bobby Ryan, and has continued from there.

Here is what Garrioch wrote:

A quick count indicates Spezza has played with seven different forwards - Colin Greening, Chris Neil, Zack Smith, Mika Zibanejad, Ryan, Michalek and Conacher - on his wings with the Boston Bruins coming to town Friday night.

“It’s just a matter of whatever guys I draw that night I’ve got to make sure I’m ready to go and we’re a good line,” Spezza told the Ottawa Sun.

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