...thought it was interesting to hear Torts say he might be willing to break-up the "Welcome to the Jungle" line in an attempt to jump start other players. I'm usually the first one on the "Torts, Stop Juggling the Lines" bandwagon, but he's 100% correct. If this team is going to contend for a Stanley Cup, it can't be dependent on one line. There's got to be balance throughout the line-up. So while it may sound crazy to attempt this, I think it'll ultimately be the best thing for the team. You can leave your criticism in the comments section. lol
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Agree 100%....if a top player or top 6 forward can't score with Nash on his line creating all that room and chances.....they may not be a top 6 forward....
Maybe he needs to just play Kreider and hope the defensive zone play improves. He is one of the "others" who knows how to put the puck in the net.
Please stop calling them the "Welcome to the Jungle" line. It is not funny or clever, it will not catch on no matter how many times you say it.
It has pros and cons, other players arent palying bad, I think that pyatt cally step line is a good line. Asham has had good shifts. Boyle is playing well. Balance throughout the line up would be good but do you mess with something that sworking, if those guys arent together we may not have a win yet. Both wins those lines have been insane.
I think this is a good tactic by Torts. Even if he keeps the line together opposing teams are going to have to be ready for them to be split. I don't doubt for a second that they will be split up from time to time, because we already seen them split. But this is a chess move as much as it is truth. Smoke and mirrors!!!
My heart says: So you're going to rob peter to pay paul? Look at the numbers Gabby put up in the last two games. That is a direct result of the ice that Nash opens up for him. You want to split them up on the off chance that the other lines will get going? Juggle away on lines 2-4, leave GNR alone. And I love watching them play together.
My brain says: they need three productive lines to have any chance in the playoffs so try and balance it now.
My bladder says: too much coffee.
I can't stand Torts' constant juggling deep into the season but right now he has no choice, there's only so much he can do. Our guys have to elevate. The lack of training camp is a bullshit excuse. You don't hear Chicago, San Jose and Boston complaining about a lack of camp. It's on the players. When's Captain Cally gonna show up and put up some points? 1 point and a -4 in 5 games. He's gotta step up. Boyle and Hags, they all gotta elevate.
I gotta wonder if all the hype and pressure surrounding this team's expectations this year has us shook up a bit??
I've been playing along but now I just have to ask...where the heck did that nickname for the top line come from? I missed it's origin and I don't get it :-/
@Dminches Just have to hope reason for Kreider's struggles was the injury not regression.
@MutantCity He's right, the "Rick Nash - Brad Richards - Marian Gaborik Trio of Scorers" is a much more catchy name that just rolls off the tongue. Lighten up Francis!
@MutantCity Eeeeeeeeasy...it's just a bit of fun. If you want to be serious, go read the Wall Street Journal. Nobody's tattooing it on their forehead. Nobody's trying to get the Rangers to use it. It's just something goofy that FANS are using on a FAN blog. If you don't like it that's fine, but just roll with it.
@MutantCity It's what I call them, I'm not advocating anyone else uses it. I just hate writing all three names every time I write a blog post.
@MutantCity -- every time the "Welcome to the Jungle" line is mentioned, just keep rolling your eyes or whatever you do
@ChrisP -- everybody makes way too big a deal out of line changes. These guys are pros, they can figure out how to play with each other in different combinations. It's just not that big a deal. But you're quite right, of course, that that top line has been so successful. Torts can always roll that line out if need be. In the meantime, maybe Nash can get another guy going besides Gaby; and maybe Gaby can get the second line going. Boyle is winning faceoffs and Pyatt already has three goals. Hopefully things are starting to fall into place a little, but I don't want to see the GNR line play every other shift all season.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG --- yeah, man, theoretically, let's see if Nash can open ice up for someone else, maybe get Hagelin going; likewise, let's see if Gaborik can open up some ice for Step and Cally. Again, we have to see this actually work, but I think it's a reasonable goal and a smart focus.
@AnnoyingJoe -- I Love the GNR line, but it would be great if it could be a not-so-secret weapon ... theoretically, Nash and Gaborik on separate lines could open up ice for people and we could have more scoring. Of course, we have to see this actually happen first, but I think it's a reasonable goal and a smart focus. I think this is line juggling with a purpose.
@Iron Mike Callahan needs to step up. and Boyle. And Stepan. And hagelin. Another plus to the GNR line is that it takes alot of opposing defensive focus off of the other lines. There's no excuse!
@Melissa (angelzeyes2521) GNR = Gaborik-Richards-Nash and = Guns N' Roses.
@KevinDeLury This will be a test for Torts. Sometimes you need to give something up (defense) to get something (scoring). He has Lundqvist back there. It is really hard to watch this team have difficulty scoring year after year.
@KevinDeLury I like your take fine. We all have our pet names for them. In my house, we call them the Beastie Boys.
@AG_Blue Thats true, I mentioned that last game that they were out there to much. I think the rangers are beginning to play well, knock the rust off and getting into the flow of things. They played like ass to start the season last year as well. Id like to see him role that top line then swap if the other lines are flat. and vis versa. In the leafs game the rangers dominated.
Gaborik scored multiple 40 goal seasons without Nash...he should score no matter where he plays...if you can have him score at his normal pace..AND upgrade a Cally or Hagelin to another level..it is worth the risk.
@AnnoyingJoe Forgot about Stepan, maybe because he's been invisible lol
@Melissa (angelzeyes2521) er, Gaborik-Nash-Richards
@Ciffy02 I agree. Let the kid play.
There is no reason to not give this kid a shot with a Nash and see what he has...at least for a couple games...he can't played scared to make a mistake and I think that is what is happening now..the 9 minutes of ice has to stop.
@Dminches @KevinDeLury -- the test for Torts has to do with handling the kid's development, sending him back to Connecticut may end up being the right move ... I hope Kreider can play through it, but it may be better for him in the long run if he goes back to the AHL ... everybody's responsible for defense ... I hope Kevin's right and the injury is more of a factor right now.
@ChrisP -- Agreed. I think that's the idea.
We had the puck more in the Toronto game, defended a little better and were able to play in their end more, and it was nice to see a couple more guys grab points. Hopefully we can see more of that tonight and maybe string together a couple wins.