tsn is reporting the following lines:
while we all know that mike keenan practices new lines and then goes back to the norm all the time, these combinations seem to show some actual insight into the problems from game 1:
- iggy and olli are not working
- iggy and olli need to be protected defensively
- boyd/peters are better players than roy
the new first line is the oldschool second line which looked pretty decent in game 1, so that makes a lot of sense to me. it makes me a little nervous to think they'll see tougher competition and more icetime, but langkow is the steadiest guy we've got, and cammo obviously has the fire. if bertuzzi continues to play like he did on thursday (skating hard, EFFECTIVE no-look passes) then this has potential...
the new second line seems quite sensible as well; while i've been adament historically that conroy is not a first liner (and here, with iginla, he may get first line minutes), but i think the connie-iggy chemistry might still work. it's one of those "heck, ya might as well" situations... add to that the "babysitting" that glenX and connie can do for our struggling captain in the defensive zone and i'm all for it.
the new third line is sortof fascinating and the most likely to not stick (in my opinion). moss and bourque can even olli's bad defensive plays, while providing a very real possibility of offense. this could work out to be a genius move....
the new fourth line is so effing OBVIOUS that i can't believe it's not the one that played in game 1.
while i FULLY expect the keenan line blender to be on high tonight,
spreading out the "firepower" (hahaha) makes quenneville's line-matching that much more difficult. the re-insertion of boyd/peters adds a huge amount of solace to my poor heart....
no word on defense but my optimism has been raised by the news about the offense....
fingers crossed !!!!
(ps: lundqvist is totally gonna steal this series for NYR)