The Bruins need a whole lot more from their third line
The 2021 trade deadline effectively solidified three of Boston’s four forward lines.
The Taylor Hall addition finally gave David Krejci the winger he’s wanted for half a decade now, and allowed the Bruins to reunite David Pastrnak with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron on Boston’s superhero first line. The Bruins also used Craig Smith’s shoot-happy hot streak to plug him next to the playmaking stylings of Hall and Krejci. The latter has worked out tremendously. Curtis Lazar, meanwhile, has served as a much-needed life preserver to the fourth-line combo of Sean Kuraly and Chris Wagner, with the line looking like more of a factor in all three zones.
But while the B’s have seemingly found harmony on three of their four lines, the additions have also led to a Franken-line up front, with the already-slumping Charlie Coyle centering a third line with Nick Ritchie and Jake DeBrusk on the wings.
It’s a line that started off solid-but-snakebitten, but has since crumbled to borderline unplayable, and was ultimately broken up by Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy shortly into Sunday’s shutout loss to the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.
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