Lancer wrote: dbr wrote:
They were doing just fine in October without Burrows, before Henrik's wrist and then rib injuries. And before they got saddled with AB for that matter.
They wre doing fine because they were lined up with Kesler - who was still producing even after he left that line. If you want Torts to put all his eggs in one basket and play them half the game while the rest of the lines try and not get scored on, don't be surprised if we keep seeing seasons like this one.
If, however, you would like to spread the offence and ice time beyond what can be addressed by the opposition's top checking players - and thus have a snowball's chance of doing better in the standings - perhaps having Hank and Kes centre different would be a better idea. In that scenario, having a winger who has proven to make the twins a potent lines would be something beyond a good idea.
duh, they were one of the earliest to be able to adapt to a Tort's system... along with Tanev, Bieksa and Santorelli. Most were struggling coming from AV's system. Some are still still having problems, but that's another matter.
The twins were the ones who pulled Kesler out of an early scoring abyss and instantly his terrible plus/minus improved.
Tort's is right about Kes as a winger. Offensively he is a better winger than a center. However this team is so lacking in depth, it would never make sense to load up the top line because everyone else would have to punch a class or two above their weight... and would get raped night after night. This is pretty much happening right now as Hansen and Higgins is filling in for top-6 forwards who just haven't got it done at all this season. Don't even get me started on Tort's unwillingness to even try Kassian for a few games...
Centers haven't been the big problem, it's the woeful depth and play of the "scoring" wingers that are killing the team. Who knew the MVP this season would be a guy they picked up expressly for minor-league depth?