I love Prust as much as anybody and I appreciate the hardwork of guys like Feds and Prust and the value of their energetic two-way play.
But as much as Torts LOOOOOVES the Feds/Boyle/Prust line, none of those guys is a lock to even touch 30 points this season. They simply CAN'T be getting the ice-time they're getting.
I know Torts didn't sign Rupp, and he didn't make Rupp take that hooking penalty (and that hooking penalty may even have been an iffy call) but why does Torts feel it's so important to have a Newbury/Boyle/Rupp line on the ice, down 1-0, just after killing off a penalty, which was undisciplined and stupid (if not a bit soft of a call) by Newbury in the first place? STOP playing these guys so much. I love Prust. I like Boyle and Feds. Boyle/Feds/Prust/Rupp/Newbury get too much love from Torts, by FAR. I mean, ok, Arty isn't playing well and you want to send a message? Bench him a few shifts. But when you're down by 1 and the options are let Anisimov play or double Newbury's ice time, I can only think of one man who would go with Newbury.
Pathetic game and hopefully Lundqvist is fine because right now, we don't look like a playoff team even with Hank in the lineup. I shudder to think what could be if he's out for ANY amount of time. Staal can't get healthy soon enough, and I'm not necessarily convinced that his return addresses enough of our issues to right this ship.
Early? Over-reaction? Maybe... A lot can happen with the 75 games remaining, but something has to give.