Could it be time for Bruins coach Claude Julien, now without slick center David Krejci for at least a week, to dump his tried-and-true four-line attack?
With Krejci sidelined by a concussion (announced this afternoon by the club), Julien is left with Patrice Bergeron, Greg Campbell and rookie Tyler Seguin as his three pivots. Two candidates to play center in Krejci’s absence are Blake Wheeler and Danny Paille (a healthy scratch beginning Game 2 of the new season).
Another option Julien might consider would be to move Seguin to a wing position, something both the coach and GM Peter Chiarelli planned prior to the start of training camp.
Seguin has struggled at center, leading to his third-period benching in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to St. Louis. If he went to the wing and played on one of the top two lines, then Julien could opt for a three-line approach, with Bergeron, Campbell and perhaps Paille as his centers.
If situations called for a fourth line, Julien could then ask double duty from one of his three centers–not an uncommon approach in the NHL of the ’60s, ’70s and even the ’80s.