“I didn’t play much in Tampa with (Richards), but I know what kind of player he is, and we’ve played in different situations,” Fedotenko said. “So I feel like I definitely can read and react and take advantage, knowing where he is. I’m excited. I’m excited to get an opportunity to play with him and create a lot of offense.”
I have to admit Torts is doing some coaching here.
If they play well, it's 2a or 2b line. If they don't play well, it ends up in the Torts line combo graveyard after a period and a half.
Boyle-Dubinsky-Callahan is a typical third line. But the way Torts plays the second, third and fourth lines, it's a 2a or 2b line right along with the Richards line. And it all depends on which line is playing well that game.
It's just another bit of tinkering that can be defunct after 20 minutes. Nothing different than what happens nearly every game at some point.
Richards's best contribution so far has been the power play, easily.
Our Powerplay has looked ridiculously good this year. Even when they haven't scored they are commanding the puck. You can really see how a real QB back there makes such a key difference.... and of course it leads to confidence.
My thoughts exactly, no way Boyle has more TOI then Richards. Unless we somehow play half the game short handed, which is not out of the realm of possibility.
Richards will have more TOI, but less ES time than boyle. Unless, obviously, Torts will return to old lines with BR between Dubi and Cali. When elite NHL player struggles, it is not that he cannot play well, he cannot play well when is being payed extra attention he deserves. That is why Torts moves him out of top 6.
Anisimov - Stephan - Gaborik
Zuccarello - Dubi - Cally
Feds - Richards - Avery
x - Boyle - Prust
4 balanced and good lines, on paper.
For one game? Fine. Over a period of time? Hell no. Richards with 3rd line players has to be a stop gap whatever you call the line. If he's not on the first he has to be on the second. Dubinsky can take a hike back to the third line with Boyle and Feds when Wolskis back.
That gives us Wolski-Richards-Callahan which looks a pretty exciting compilation that we haven't seen yet. If Wolski can't make it work, you try Dubinsky again or give MZA a shot.
does boyle have blackmail materials on torts, i mean i know richards hasnt lit the world up at even strength....but boyle has? hes played like a glorified 4th liner for most of the year, he gets a point at the end of the carolina game so that means he gets to play with dubi and cally (both of whom did most of the work on their goals). i know torts will shuffle it up when boyle gets pushed off the puck like hes had done all season. the richards line will have good chances tonight and he will shuffle boyle into averys spot.