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Top line feels it’s still a work in progress
Posted By DJ Bean On October 1, 2010 @ 11:30 am In General | 1 Comment
BELFAST — The offensive lines, for all intents and purposes, seem to be just about set for when the Bruins begin the season next weekend against the Coyotes. Assuming nothing changes, the top line will be David Krejci  between Milan Lucic  and Nathan Horton , the second will feature Patrice Bergeron  in the middle of Mark Recchi  and Jordan Caron, Tyler Seguin  will likely be in the middle of Michael Ryder  and Blake Wheeler  on the third line, and Gregory Campbell  will center Daniel Paille  and Shawn Thornton , with Brian McGrattan likely the 13th forward.
Time is running out for these lines to hit their stride and for players to get comfortable with one another. In Seguin’s case, he’s still picking up the little things needed to round out his game in his own end, plus there’s the adjustment to a couple of new linemates in a new league.
Considering that each of the team’s four lines has a newcomer on it, the line that has impressed most thus far in training camp has been that top line of Krejci, Lucic, and Horton. The former Panther in Horton has picked up a pair of goals so far in the preseason, and Krejci seems ready to shine as a No. 1 center. Factor in Lucic’s aspirations to score at least 20 goals this season without losing his physical mentality, and the makings seem to be there for something special. Even with the promise shown, nobody is satisfied yet.
“I don’t think we click together very well yet,” Krejci said Friday. “I think we’ve had some good shifts, some good chemistry on some shifts, but I don’t think we’ve brought it every shift. I believe that there is something and we’re going to try to find it in each shift when we go out there.”
Horton agreed. Though Seguin and Caron might not have gigantic expectations because of their age, Horton, 25, is expected to put up career numbers in his first season in Boston.
“I think we’re getting better,” Horton said. “Obviously, we need to get better, but we’re just trying to work on things, getting used to each other’s games. It will come, I think. We’ve got two more games to get ready for the regular season.”
Asked if players can get by on talent alone in the preseason before having to show more cohesion with linemates when it counts, Krecji didn’t feel the difference between an exhibition and a regular season game was substantial enough.
“It’s not really much different than the [regular season] games,” Krejci said. “Everybody works so hard, does the same things, but you’ve got to know how to use experience and buy some time. That’s what happened when Horton scored that goal against Florida at home, so little things like that could help, and hopefully that’s going to help us tomorrow and the first exhibition game in Czech. Then, hopefully we can carry it into regular season games.”
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URLs in this post:
 David Krejci: http://media.weei.com/hockey/david-krejci.htm
 Milan Lucic: http://media.weei.com/hockey/milan-lucic.htm
 Nathan Horton: http://media.weei.com/hockey/nathan-horton.htm
 Patrice Bergeron: http://media.weei.com/hockey/patrice-bergeron.htm
 Mark Recchi: http://media.weei.com/hockey/mark-recchi.htm
 Tyler Seguin: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tyler-seguin.htm
 Michael Ryder: http://media.weei.com/hockey/michael-ryder.htm
 Blake Wheeler: http://media.weei.com/hockey/blake-wheeler.htm
 Gregory Campbell: http://media.weei.com/hockey/gregory-campbell.htm
 Daniel Paille: http://media.weei.com/hockey/daniel-paille.htm
 Shawn Thornton: http://media.weei.com/hockey/shawn-thornton.htm
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