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02-04-2013, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by mschmidt64 View Post
Well the question posed was, if Miller sticks and Kreider plays like he did in the playoffs.

Unless you play Miller on the third line and Boyle on the 4th, not sure how else to accomodate this.
Its certainly an interesting scenario. I find it difficult to believe that Tortorella is going to allow Kreider and Miller to be in the lineup together for any extended period of time unless they set the world on fire with their performance.

Theres several reasons I think thatll be the case but the top 2 are:

1. Tortorella is HUGE on the process of developing a young player. That process doesnt include bringing up a teenager and trying to find sporadic bottom 6 minutes for him.

2. I dont think Tortorella will be willing to stray too far away from his formula of minutes. I know that 80% of this board wants Boyle on the 4th line, but that would cut his minutes -- and I think Torts likes Boyle's even strength defensive prowess too much to do that. Boyle's minutes would likely come at the expense of a younger player and that makes no sense.

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