Originally written on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 12/17/12
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Brian Boyle will be a key cog of the bottom six. Last week we took an early look at the Rangers potential top 6 line combinations. I think the majority of us agree some iteration of Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, Rick Nash, Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan will comprise our top 2 scoring lines. With that said, the Rangers bottom six is a bit less certain. The assumption is Carl Hagelin, Brian Boyle, Taylor Pyatt, Mike Rupp, Jeff Halpern and Arron Asham will fill those roles. However, three of those six have never played for John Tortorella before and we all know how Torts utilizes his 4th line… Ultimately, it comes down to skating, work effort and a team first attitude. If any of these guys prove to be a liability in any of those facets of the game, they will be replaced by someone from Hartford. On to the line combos… Line #3: Carl Hagelin – Brian Boyle – Taylor Pyatt Brian Boyle was responsible for lining up against the opposition’s top scorers and shutting them down...
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