Kalman: Chemistry Test Comes Early For Bruins’ Top Two Lines

BOSTON (CBS) — It only feels like David Krejci centered Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton forever.
In professional sports, three seasons of consistency can seem like an eternity.
But in the not-so-distant pre-Horton past, Krejci successfully centered the likes of Blake Wheeler, Michael Ryder, Miro Satan and others, while Lucic once found great chemistry with the likes of Marc Savard and Phil Kessel.
So although Jarome Iginla has joined up to replace Horton on the right side of Krejci and Lucic, the Bruins’ top line isn’t necessarily starting from square one. The similarities between Horton, now with the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the 36-year-old Iginla might make this transition smooth.
Coach Claude Julien skated Krejci between Iginla and Lucic on the first day of training camp at TD Garden on Thursday.
“Yeah, you know what, they’re both shooters, they’re both right-handed, they play physical, they fight when they need to,” Krejci replied when asked to compare Horton and Iginla. “So they’re pretty much the same players. Jarome’s got obviously a little more experience and he proved himself so many times in the NHL that he can score 30-plus goals. I’m actually excited to have that kind of guy on my line and we’re going to try to do everything that we can to get a good chemistry going in training camp and go from there.”
During his team’s two practice sessions, Julien didn’t attempt to steal any sports radio attention from the Patriots or Red Sox. He went with the lines that most people expected to see when general manager Peter Chiarelli overhauled the top six over the summer. In addition to Iginla joining Krejci and Lucic, Loui Eriksson jumped into Tyler Seguin’s old spot next to Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
The bottom line is, with the first preseason game coming up already on Monday, Julien’s …read more

Source: CBS local Boston

    

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