One strategy many Bruins fans (including yours truly) have been talking about as a potential way to, you know, get in the winning column again is the idea of shuffling the lines a bit. It seems as though Claude Julien has taken note of it. During the Big Bad Bruins vs. the Carolina Turtlecanes (I thought of that one while driving), at one point Milan Lucic was slotted onto a line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley and if there hadn’t been a potent combination of frustration, irritating Hurricanes unwilling to fight back when they start something and the refs being the way they were, perhaps something more would’ve come of it. Oops, I digress. Anyway! “Handsome Ralph” is trying out some new lines for tonight’s tilt against Toronto.
EDIT: The lines changed from the article I read earlier; this edit reflects the changes.
Top line: Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Nathan Horton
Second line: Milan Lucic-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Third line: Benoit Pouliot-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Fourth line: Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
I feel a bit like when Tim Gunn goes to look at projects in progress, examines it and declares he’s skeptical but wants them to make it work.
First of all, I guess Handsome Ralph was hanging out with Coach Q around the time of the Boston-Chicago game and Q started talking about how he feels shifting Patrick Kane from winger to center has been going. Coach decided he’d try it too since Seguin is a center by definition but is right-winging that top line. Marchand is also a center, but there he is being the lefty on the second line (aw, my PBR line’s broken!). Peverley is already versatile as either a center or a right-winger. The fourth line remains unchanged.
Like I said, we’ll just have to wait a little while and see how this works. Hmmm…