The first line of Dubinsky-Anisimov-Gaborik can spark some offense. Gaborik wants to make up for the Callanhan loss so he might be able to fill in Callahan's offensive role on that line. Gaborik and Dubinsky have previous chemistry which is good.
The second line of Wolski-Stepan-Prospal just looked very good last night. Hopefully that line keeps rolling because all three players are offensive threats and all three seemingly have chemistry.
The third line of Fedotenko-Boyle-Prust has been good all year.
While it may not look like much on paper, if you've watched them play all year, outside of that fourth line, that's not nearly as horrible as one might expect
I agree. With Cally out, I think that lineup may give us the best chance to win. Plus if Drury is ready, I wouldn't mind seeing him bumped into Gilroy's spot but I DO want to see Gilroy get a chance at wing, where IMO he will succeed.
As of now Drury's availability is a ?-mark--Gilroy is an experiment. I always thought that Drury should have been on left wing (not right wing) because he was always best at sneaking into seams to finish off close in chances--he's never really been much of a playmaker. Really though how ready is he to go? after looking pretty bad already this season and why put him in an unfamiliar right wing position?--which is another way of saying he is not a good fit replacing Callahan--and for that matter Avery is not a right wing either. Not sure if Fedotenko could move to RW but you'd be busting up Boyle's line if you did that. So if the Gilroy experiment fails the situation IMO argues more for Zuccarello who can play either wing and you're not breaking any lines up.
A good reason to give Gilroy a shot--he's an extra defenseman if one of our defenders go down. That might come in handy.
Of the other AHL candidates besides Zuccarello--Newbury is a solid, gritty guy--good at faceoffs. Weise is a real right wing--pretty much straight up and down his wing--he did get a handful of chances with us but didn't bury anything. He has size, strength and grit.
There really isn't any good replacement for Callahan. The team is going to lose some forechecking, physical play and a really good penalty killer and one of our better scoring threats. With the possible exception of Prust--Callahan is our grittiest forward--Dubinsky may be close but he's not as consistent. Quite literally he's irreplaceable.