Re: Not One Person -- the second line
posted at 12/6/2013 2:42 PM EST
In response to Chappy28's comment:
In response to nrguy's comment:
Marchand has been playing awful but he's showing signs of waking up. The Swede is still adjusting/recovering from his concussion. No need to break it up if these are the lines that you're planning to use in the playoffs.
It's not like the Bs are last in the division.
The third line is outscoring the second. I think we are winning despite an ineffective second line, just imagine what we could do if we had all lines clicking. In my opinion, being in first place makes it that much easier to play with some combos now as opposed to waiting until we are in desparation mode at the end of the season. The first line can continue to carry the load while we figure out how to get the rest going. I mean, our leading scorer from last year has what? four goals?
To me line changes are about maximizing the output of the talent in the room. Winning or not we should want to find the "optimal" lines where individual styles are adding up to make the entire line more effective.
For example, Krecji-Luc-Iginla/Kreji-Luc-Horton line has been sucessful by putting a pass first playmaker (Krecji) with a big shoot first winger (Horton/Iginla), and another big winger who is a beast in the corners and can pass or shoot (Lucic). That's the formula that drives the chemistry, and it has worked well for a number of years.
The thought for the second line was that Erickson and Bergeron would be good on the same line because they are both defensively responsible and skilled, but the result has been a line that is too concerned with defense such that they don't generate enough offence. Might as well just have them as the third line defensive shutdown specialists --- but to me that is a waste of Bergeron's and probably Erikson's talent. That's what we have Chris Kelly for.
The second line players will have many more points when all is said and done. I also don't think they are winning despite the second line, theyre still pretty good on the whole sheet of the ice.