We are seeing the advantage of timing and game shape effect for Grabs and Kulemin playing during the lockout here.
Carrying the team offensively early on was anticipated as a result.
Yeah that and overall the line is flat out more balanced and powerful, productive etc.
Kessel is successful with Lupul, they don't have grit with Bozak. They need a power forward C and a G. If it means trading Dion to get either this team is in better shape. 32 minutes is insane and if they want those guys to look viable they better pull back to 22mins or so 25 tops.
I think its stupid that Carlyle plays Phanuef for over 30 minutes. Carlyle needs to give him less than 25 minutes a game. Phaneuf usually has a strong beginning to a game but falters at the end due to the amount of minutes he played in his tenure with the Maple Leafs. Players make more mistakes the longer they play, simple as that.
When you are paid as the highest fwd on the team at 5.5M, you better be on the first line or we got a problem here, yet he hasn't been able to handle other first lines in losses against NY, and NY Isles. Tavares and Richards.
Somewhere for you folks, there is a lesson in there on why we need to upgrade our top 6 core players. Head to head Grabo doesn't match up against the better team's first liners and even in some cases like the NY Isles he doesn't either.