Bringing Dubinsky back should help add a little depth to the 3rd line. It should help the top lines a bit. Plus if Dubinsky wakes his ass up and starts plays like he used to, then it'll be a huge help.
plus.....at this point, I'd take Dubi and Hobbit at 90% than some of the stiffs that were seeing out there
^^^ Exactly. If you think we are playing with all of our forwards at 100% out there you are dreaming. I think Dubi and Zucc are probably closer to healthy then Boyler is right now. Did you watch him last night? He looked tired, sluggish, and really did not make a difference on the ice at all. I am not saying he isn't trying, I think he is either out of gas and needs a day off, or he is hurt and we don't know it.
Boyle hasn't looked the same since his concussion.
Callahan hasn't looked the same since he got that puck to the wrist.
I'm sure others are hurt too. However, it's no excuse because I'm sure players on the other teams are hurt as well.
That said, poster above me is right, Dubi and Zuc are probably more healthy than a lot of other guys and are more rested. For a team that can't score, having guys like Mitchell and Rupp in there isn't helping our cause. At least Prust PKs. Putting in Dubi and Zuc at this point could help a lot.
Our three best forwards are not creating much right now (callahan, richards, Gaborik). Injuries, fatigue, too much dump and chase, all of the above?
The minds are willing, but the bodies seem to be out of gas.
we can't blame it all on the forwards either. The D has been a step behind and cannot seem to get the puck out. It's hard to create offense when you spend the first 30 seconds of your shift in the D zone getting hammerred along the boards.
Hagelin cannot be in the top 6 right now. Have to get some more scoring in there. I'm all for putting the GAS line back together:
Let Hagelin play without the pressure of playing with Gaborik and Richards and having to be a fancy player and get him with some bigger players where he can use his speed to create chances for the bigger guys to get into the zone a create offense. If Dubi can go, move out Rupp and move down Feds to the 4th line.
I like putting Mitchell with Hags. Didn't they have a lot of chemistry together when they first came up?
I also like putting the GAS line together because Stepan needs something to get him going.
As for the lines, we have been dominated for four games and have figured out a way to be even in the series. Time for a shakeup.
If Dubi and MZA are healthy they play on a third line with Anisimov. The only one who must play on the 4th line is Prust for PK duties. Otherwise I don't care who else dresses. You can sit Mitch, Boyle, Feds, Rupp, Bick. I don't care. My preference would be a 4th line of Prust, Rupp and Feds. Our record in these playoffs without Boyle is very good; sit him. He is bringing nothing unless you count losing key faceoffs as a contribution.
I would put Bick back in there for eminger. Neither one helps much in our zone. At least Bick is tough.
Its funny because we finally realize how important he is in a series like this even if hes not scoring, but for his ability to gain some offensive zone time. This leads to scoring chances and maybe goals..