Boston Bruins’ Claude Julien Should Play Loui Eriksson With David Krejci
The Boston Bruins need to try Loui Eriksson on the line with Jarome Iginla and David Krejci. It’s been four games and, well, Eriksson hasn’t done much of anything on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Yes, Eriksson scored a goal today and, yes, Iginla was imperative on the Chris Kelly goal, but its early enough in the season for Claude Julien to make some adjustments. He already did today when he moved Marchand to the third line.
It may be worth switching Erikkson and Milan Lucic. The latter has already shown he’s back to his physical ways creating space for offensive players and still crashing the net and making life miserable for the opponent. The Bergeron-Marchand line hasn’t had nearly as much jump or spark so far this year. Lucic can provide that. With the big guy down low cycling with Marchand and Bergeron, there will be a plethora of goals to go around. Lucic has already been doing this for Krejci and Iginla, but both of those guys have a tendency to fire the puck into the midsection of the goalie.
The line change may also give Erikkson the ability to let loose and play a little more creatively with both Krejci and and Iginla. Julien already has some tough decisions to make when Carl Soderberg comes back, but I don’t think trying this could hurt. If it gets Marchand going, the move would be more then worth it. For whatever reason, Marchand’s slow start may be the biggest surprise of the young season,
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