“Our first two lines have been together for quite a long time and they’re playing well,” Julien said. “They’re generating stuff. Now it’s about trying to build some chemistry with some players. We keep trying to find players to complement him a little bit.”
The other option would be to give Jagr some speed and net drive. In Game 2, Jagr took several shifts with Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille. The hard-nosed forwards are willing to enter the dirty areas and position themselves for rebounds that Jagr could generate. However, that would break up the fourth line, which was one of the difference-making units in Game 1.
It will be up to Jagr to be better. His linemates, whether Kelly and Peverley or anyone else, will have to fall in behind Jagr. There is no other choice.