Dubinsky suffered a lower-body injury that cost him the entire second-round series with the Washington Capitals, but he has practiced four of the past five days. He also exited Wednesday's optional morning skate early while forward John Mitchell remained on the ice with the healthy scratches, a sign Tortorella is going to swap the pair.
I want to see what that second line can do together. It seems like those 3 could forecheck and get scoring chances all night long. The LW on the first line can really be any of Anisimov, Stepan, Hagelin or Feds. Likewise, Boyle can drop down to move Prust up and Step to center. I think we need to move things around and get some people to play in a new environment. God knows they aren't clicking as they are now.
Seems straightforward enough. I'd consider swapping Anisimov and Hagelin; I think Arty could produce with Richards and Gaborik. He does work well with guys who take up space, though, so Dubi and Feds seem like good line partners.
Artie has been opportunistic at time but Torts has been giving him a lot of **** throughout the playoffs. Some of it may not be fair--as playing him on the right wing on occasion is putting him out of his element IMO. That being said Artie is more of a skill guy than a grit guy and grit is important especially if your on the bottom lines. He's gone back and forth between top 6 and bottom 6 but he's only got 15 shots in 18 games--that with being blamed for some defensive lapses is kind of why he's in Tort's doghouse IMO. I think as in Gaborik's case Torts thinks he's capable of more than he's given.