For the most part, Tyler Seguin has been a disappointment this season. I count myself among the many who believed the 21-year-old winger would channel his success in Switzerland into a landmark season here in the NHL. This has simply not been the case. Maybe it’s the smaller ice. Maybe it’s the absence of Patty Kane as a linemate. But up until Wednesday’s game against the Habs, Seguin had largely fallen short of expectations.
Injuries have hit this team hard early on, and as a result, Claude has been forced to switch up the lines.
With Marchand out with an undisclosed upper body injury and the rest of the team still banged up from the Buffalo game, Claude was forced to experiment and tweak. As evidenced by the pitiful power play, this is something he does not do all that often, or well. And so, we were introduced to the Lucic-Krejci-Seguin line. The result?
Two goals in less than two minutes – enough to lift the B’s past the Canadiens, snapping Tuukka’s losing streak to the Habs. But what happens when Marchand returns to the lineup? Will it mean the end of this new line?
The Lucic-Krejci-Seguin line is exactly what the team needs. Lucic, who was among the minority of the team that did not play overseas through the lockout, has emerged as a major force on the offense, along with Marchand. Lucic brings a physical presence in front of the net. Krejci has the vision needed to make big plays. Seguin has the speed and natural scoring ability. Together, you get the kind of explosive offensive that we saw against the Canadiens.
As for the second line, I like Marchand-Bergeron-Horton. Horton has been solidly producing thus far, and his style of play will mesh nicely with Bergeron’s. Marchand is Marchand, and he will continue to do what he does best: score and annoy.
And what exactly is Jay Pandolfo still doing here? Are the Bruins just leading him on, or will we see Pando on the ice any time soon?
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