The Boston Bruins have been looking for depth scoring since the start of their season but haven’t been able to find the right combinations on their lower lines. With their top line still firing on all cylinders they’ve been able to hide their secondary scoring woes. With the second line still a work in progress they’ve at least found some chemistry in a third line that debuted against Montreal last night.
Last night the third line was Bjork-Coyle-Senyshyn. Two of the three started the year in Providence and have worked their way up to Boston as a result of injuries and poor play by other Bruins. Bjork was the first to be called up about a week ago and has looked impressive since then, which has earned him a spot in the lineup for now. Coyle has been up and down between the second and third lines while Krejci has missed time with injury but with a healthy team Coyle in the Bruins 3C. Coyle has had strong play this year but his offensive numbers aren’t showing it, everything has been in his favor on the ice so expect the puck to start winding up in the back of the net soon. Lastly, Zach Senyshyn made his season debut and looked great with Bjork and Coyle. The line quickly found chemistry and was arguably the Bruins best line against the Canadiens.
Just in their one game together they combined for two goals, although one was called back for an offsides that was questionable at best. Together they put 7 of the Bruins 25 shots on net and as a line were positive in the +/- category. This is the kind of things the Bruins want to see out of their third line, it’s tiring watching unskilled veterans command third line minutes when all they’ve been in grinders for the majority of their career (Backes, Ritchie, Nordstrom) put the kids on a line together and let them make skill plays. Yes it will come with the occasional defensive error but that is how they’re going to learn to play in the NHL. Coyle as the Bruins third line center need players who can play with high energy and have that impactful skill. Both Senysyhn and Bjork fit that mold, Senyshyn has speed and skill he was a first round pick for a reason and this year might be his big break at NHL minutes. Bjork has shown glimpses of his ability to play in the NHL and now he needs to take this opportunity and run with it, since his recall he has played 7 games and ripped 17 shots for 2 goals. This line should get another opportunity together on Friday night.
Although Zach Senyshyn was just sent down to Providence it is likely he will be recalled before Friday night’s tilt. Especially since this line played well together it would make no sense to break them up. He was sent down so the Bruins can control their Salary Cap. He’ll be back Friday night when the Bruins take on the Red Wings in Detroit.
Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)