Time to switch up the lines

It’s apparent these new lines are obviously not working, especially the first line. Marc Savard hasn’t recorded a point in the previous fives games which resulted in the Bruins losing four straight. A lack of chemistry and inconsistent wingers can contribute to that that.   So instead of simply rolling the same combinations over and over again, why not try something new? I know it is not traditional, like the way Claude Julien likes to coach, but putting Bergeron on the wing may be an answer to a struggling first line. Bergeron and Sturm have great chemistry together so putting them with Savard will only help all three players. This line could match up strength for strength against other team’s top lines.  Wheeler,Krejci, and Ryder work best when all three are on a line together. The third line now will consist of Sobotka in the middle between Paille and Recchi.  Sobotka has played strong hockey in the past few games, a clear indication that he is much better and more comfortable at center. Putting the fourth line back together will make them all more effective, as we have seen earlier in the season, especially since Byron Bitz has hands worse than P.J. Axelsson and should not be anywhere near the top two lines.

I know, Bergeron is the Bruins best center so why move him to wing? Well, because he can still take all the important draws in both offensive and defensive zones. Nothing would change there since Julien often puts two centers on the ice for faceoffs anyway. Looking back on previous teams, and effective ones at that, they always put two centers on their top lines. Look at Detroit and Pittsburgh. Zetterberg and Datysuk are the two most dominant centers on that team. Over the course of the past three seasons Mike Babcock uses a combination of them together on the top line and then separates if need  be. Same goes for Malkin and Crosby.  Now look at San Jose this season. Marleau and Thornton have almost played excusively on a line together and are nothing short of  dominate ( having Heatley helps a little too). However, they still get put on the ice separately to take key draws and kill penalties. 

The Bruins are seriously lacking offensive depth so why not load up on two lines? Having two good to very good lines would give the Bruins much more of an opportunity to produce offense than having three mediocre lines.  I know it isn’t the balanced roll four equal line mentality, but deviating away from that thinking may not be a bad idea, especially the way Sobotka has been playing since being moved back to center.  

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8 Responses to Time to switch up the lines

  1. Nik says:

    I agree, changing up the lines will provide a fresh new spin on the team hopefully. Thus creating more scoring opportunities.

    Last night though was scary, for once against the leafs, the puck was always in our end. I think thats a signal for the bruins to mix it up a bit. But on a good note, the bruins might have lost, but Kessel the troll sure got pounded =)

  2. Habhater says:

    It’s a start – compared to what we have been going with lately, its a vast improvement provided the players exhibit the effort and commitment required. See my previous rant under ‘Bruins-Blackhawks 3 up, 3 down’.

  3. willisss says:

    bitz needs to get his head out of his ass. he had 2 perfect chances and shot the puck right into Gus.

    the boychuck hit was both clean, and perfect. probably the only reason to watch that game.

  4. Birdman2403 says:

    Hopefully the B’s equipment will catch on fire in Ottawa like the Wild’s did. Then we can start fresh there too !

  5. BosBrn77 says:

    I agree 100% Pekese! And maybe add what I commented on before. Move Recchi to the second line with Wheeler and Krejci and bring up Hamill to play with Sobotka and Paille while Rryder sits!

    A statement needs to be made. And why not to Ryder who is a CJ guy from Montreal? We all know he has talent, but maybe he needs a reality check.

    You can bet PC is looking at a change as soon as he can. With the trade freeze in affect right now, nothing can be done, but he HAS to be looking!

  6. mook says:

    for those of you with tsn2, i hope you’re watching our boy caron light-up sweden!

  7. bruinsfanupnorth says:

    hey mook how did caron look.

  8. mook says:

    caron looks like a man amongst boys!

    he’ll be in boston soon. taylor hall looked pretty good too 😉 go laffs go!

    i got a lot of heat from leaf fans since saturday, but when the bruins are in the playoffs and the leafs are golfing i’ll be the one laughing…again.

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