I think the other day I saw a thread on these two struggling a bit. But you can see how important they both are to the overall team schematic. When Krug is involved on offense, pucks invariably are going in whether they are off his stick or on a rebound or a good pass. Rask is simply the best goalie in the NHL when he's on--and he was on his game v. Winnipeg. I never really worry about Tuuka, he's so consistent, certainly more so than Thomas even in Tim's best seasons, but I also feel the defensive scheme of the team is better now than during the Thomas era. Teams are getting shots, and breakaways happen, but you don't see the rebounds and even 2nd rebounds that I think occurred too often even during the Cup year. The last few seasons have been the B's doing a great job of clearing out after the initial shot.
I ripped Bartkowski the other day, and he played better v. Winnipeg, it was encouraging, although a few hiccups. Have to be pleased with the play of the top 2 lines and then the production from Paille/Campbell without Thornton. I still think the B's should go out and get that extra defensive d-man and I bet Chiarelli already has made phone calls. If it meant dealing away Bartkowski, I can live with that knowing Warsofsky is not far away. Miller is also promising. Considering the number of injuries, games lost, etc to different guys throughout the lineup. I think the team is playing extremely well. Lucic and Marchand are both playing well at the same time, something that hasn't happened often and thus allows for both top lines to be effective. And lastly, I don't think Krecji has been better, he is at the top of his game, making opponents look silly as he slithers through the offensive zone. Amazing he doesn't score more goals or get more points, he deserves to be a top 5 points scorer in the league, but certainly saves his best production when it really matters--the playoffs. Iginla is benefitting from terrific play from Krecji-Lucic and I think Krecji-Lucic have developed to become more leader types, taking some pressure off of Bergeron. Smith has been nothing short of outstanding as a replacement in the scoring department for Seguin.
Going into a West Coast swing, I think the B's are in great shape, and I think they can for sure get 4 points out of 6.