What have been a great sort of solution in the last 7 games for the Bruins might be a huge upcoming problem. David Krejci is back in his prime form we can say. So far this season a Czech center collected 30 points throughout 35 games with the Bruins.
His recent bettered play was mainly producted by his role with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Krejci rides an eight-game point streak, in which he recorded 5 goals and added 6 helpers. Before entering this succesful stretch Krejci had just two goals in his first 28 games this year, he added five tallies in the mean time.
Krejci scored last night against the Anaheim Ducks as well. Since Bruce Cassidy decided to resolve his team´s production with promoting Krejci to the top line, there has been no game without at least one of those guys recorded a point. Just once happened, that all those three players had a point, that was in the loss against the Sabres last Sunday, when Pastrnak went pointless.
That time, before the game against Toronto, the Bruins needed an offensive spark. Second line was not productive and Marchand with Pastrnak seemed lost without Bergeron. When Jake DeBrusk, stable partner for David Krejci, went out, head coach Bruce Cassidy did not hesitate a second, Krejci was centering Marchand and Pastrnak ever since.
Important question for the Bruins
Until now, that trio has received just the praise from everyone and nothing else. But there is one “problem”. Patrice Bergeron might be coming back to the line-up soon, and I mean really soon, maybe even tomorrow when the Bruins host the Predators. And the question is… What to do now?
Logically fans and media would assume that Bergeron will come back to center David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, don’t forget their terrific chemistry from before Bergeron went out this year and last season as well. But there is one even more important thing we got to know.
Chemistry is not the most important thing in hockey and even if Krejci has not played a lot throughout his career with Marchand for example, when you put together quality guys, they ought to deliver quality results.
So should the Bruins keep current top line together and play Bergeron as a center between… Backes and Nordstrom? Or play Krejci on bottom lines and get Bergeron back to his usual position? Those are some very tough and intriguing questions for Bruce Cassidy and his coaching staff.
Maybe try to play Bergeron between Heinen and Donato as these two have ton of potential? Certainly Patrice Bergeron is better player than David Krejci, but Krejci has started to deliver with quality recipients, he needs to have better wingers than Nordstrom or Heinen (with all due respect, they are not better than Pastrnak or Marchand). Whether you go this way or that way, it’s always 50-50.
One thing might be very clear – doing an experiment for four or five games (at least until Jake DeBrusk comes back) with still not reaching midway point of the year (game number 41 is beyond Winter Classic against Calgary at TD Garden) would definitely not hurt. Until trade deadline there is a wide try-out period for the Bruins. They need to try to do everything possible to make a huge, huge run starting in March.