I think Torts has to give it at least one game with Nash on LW and Gaborik on the RW. Even if Nash plays better on the RW, he's definitely better than Gaborik on the LW. I think its worth it to make Nash slightly worse if it makes Gaborik much better.
Now, I am Boyle hater number one, but let's get something straight...
Boyle is NOT a useless hockey player, he is a useless third liner. Somebody for the love of GOD bump that 3C thread from before the season started, and let's feed some posters some crow
If Boyle was on the fourth line, no one would have an issue with him here. The problem isn't Boyle, it's the personnel employed by the team. With Powe, Halpern, and now Miller around, Boyle is a redundant piece. He'd be a good fourth liner on most teams in the NHL, but I'd take Powe and Halpern over him any day. On the other hand, I'd take Boyle over Asham any day too. If the right personnel was in place, and Boyle could be on the fourth line LW, this would be a non-issue.
Fact is, it's not. Fact is, the posters like myself and others who were clamoring for a true 3C this off-season have been proven right.
For the most part this season, our third line has been Pyatt - Boyle - Miller. That's a COMBINED 12 points. Most of those belong to Pyatt (6) and he got all of those while he was playing in the top 6.
LOVE this. Hank's playing his best hockey of the year, ride him and let him stay hot. As a goalie nothing sucks more than when you're in a groove and don't have any game action for more than a few days. It's a shortened season with no west coast travel, he can handle it.
Add to that that FLA can score. Even with their injuries, their top 3 lines although not high-end talent rich are comprised of offensive minded players that can make plays in your end. Starting Hank shows that the Rangers know this and aren't giving FLA any chance at all of stealing this game. Never underestimate your opponent.. love it.