The Bruins' second line has yet to find their A-game so far in Toronto. And this has been far from a one-man problem. Of all the players who have skated in those slots, none of them have produced offensively.
The center of that line, David Krejci, has not been dictating the pace. In the two games so far, Krejci has 0 points while only mustering four shots on goal.
Those who have skated on Krejci's wing, including Jake DeBrusk, Nick Ritchie, Jack Studnicka, and Karson Kuhlman, have also not picked up the slack. Those four have also accounted for a combined 0 points in the bubble.
While it only has been two games, Boston cannot have the second line to be so invisible. The fact they are not generating chances is a concern with only one more tune-up game before the postseason.
Another problem is Bruce Cassidy is still constantly tinkering with this line to try and find a spark. He has plugged in a myriad of players to be Krejci's wingers this season, with very few skaters grabbing hold of the reigns.
With Ondrej Kase practicing with Krejci yesterday, it would seem that Cassidy will be trying yet another 2nd line combination. Maybe Kase's creativity in the offensive zone will get the line on track.
When the Bruins lost The Stanley Cup Final to the Blues last year, many fans focused on the top line's lack of production as the main reason why Boston came up short. But it should be noted the second line did not produce either.
Krejci and DeBrusk, with Kuhlman and David Backes getting significant time on that right-wing, only managed seven total points in the series. Krejci did not reach the score sheet until game six.
If the Bruins had a consistent second-line that produced throughout that series, they would have raised The Cup.
Boston just simply cannot afford to have that line slumber through the playoffs. They need Krejci, who has a phenomenal postseason resume, to set his line-mates up for scoring. His wingers, especially DeBrusk, need to find their offensive play and stick on that line. Krejci will not be as effective with a revolving door of wingers.
The top line will constantly be drawing the opponent's best defensive forwards and defensemen. That could free up the ice and opportunities for Krejci and company.
If Boston wants to hoist Lord Stanley this fall, Krejci's line will have to put up points throughout the playoffs.
Story by Chad Jones
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