Morning Free Association: Changing Lines

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Bruce Cassidy knows when two switch things up. During his time in Boston, he’s been known to change up his lines often within games if things seem stale within the game. Last game, he put the top lines in a blender and came out with new lines, which seemed to work out over time.

After about 6 minutes together, Cassidy split up Brad Marchand from David Krejci and David Pastrnak and played him with Charlie Coyle and Danton Heinen for the remaining 11 minutes that he played. Krejci and Pasta played their remaining time with Jake DeBrusk. Both of these lines tended to work in that both centers eventually scored in the shutout.

Brad Marchand was asked about having new line mates (and missing Bergy). New lines? NBD.

Tonight, we could see the first game appearance of John Moore of the 2019-20 season. If he does play, looks like he’ll be on the third pairing with Matt Grzelcyk.

We’ll see tonight if he’s in against Chicago.

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Morning all. We all miss Bergy.
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Hey All!
Bruce pushed all the right buttons!! I like the change. I think two strong lines are harder to defend than one super line. Coach can always reunite the top line when desperate.
‘hawks have been sucking, but there are no easy games, right? A laugher would be nice….. with tons of Pasta!!

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The one super line was an issue in the last two playoff runs – put your best checking line out against them and stay out of the box and the Bruins would struggle to score in 5-on-5 play.

It’s better to be able to switch them up. And now we are getting #63 comfortable with other centers. It’s a good thing.