The two wingers are really starting to impress me. Kostitsyn has 4 points in his last 3 games, and Pacioretty really looks like he's taking off. You can see he's gaining in confidence, and his play making abilities and creativity with the puck are really starting to show. I think if the two wingers can keep it up, then we have a pretty decent second line, and suddenly our team doesn't look that bad, especially when our crippled come back.
Plus we have D'Agostini who was just starting to play better when he got injured.
Yes, I would agree that the 2nd line is back. Pleks is imo, one of the elite centers in the league. The guy does everything; produces offensively, a PK specialist, a shutdown artist.
He has taken upon himself this season to lead by example rather than sit back and play a supporting role. Hence, we see someone like Andrei Kostitsyn gain loads of confidence in his own abilities, which are truly formidable, with a little encouragement from Pleks. Like Pleks said a few games back, Andrei doesn't respond when being yelled at, those times are when his good points need reinforcing. Pleks faith in AK46's abilities are being repaid with interest now. And kudos to JM for allowing Pleks to take a leadership role in this team.
As for AK, since he has stopped focusing on getting a shot on net in an attempt to get goals, and looks for the set up pass instead, the 2nd line has really started producing. I disagree with those who think AK is primarily a shooter and has no vision. He has lots of vision, but needs players around him that can handle his nasty fast laser passes. Guys like Pleks and Cammy.