I know I've been down this road before, but I would love to see the CPR-line back for game 1. Depending on how many guys we get back for the first few games of course, but I would be very surprised if we got all 7 back for game 1. According to the Post Dispatch, the most likely scenario would be that we have all back except Tarasenko, Berglund and Morrow. Tara apparently hasn't even got his cast off yet, so I can't see him being back anytime this week. I read somewhere that Morrow has a broken foot so he's probably out for a while as well (Thank God). I don't know what Berglund is suffering from...
However, as I watched the Red Wings-game, I got as impressed by the pairing of Porter and Cracknell (especially Cracks), as I was during last seasons PO against the Kings. And since we'll probably have to settle with two (hopefully) productive lines, I'd be psyched to see Reavo get to play with those guys again. Two solid top lines, one heavy and energetic CPR-line and then probably a useless line of something like Pääjärvi-Lappy-Ott would seem OK to me. That way we'll at least have a shot at it. On paper...
Don't look for the CPR line to be all dressed.
Berglund has a collarbone or shoulder issue, or so I heard. It doesn't sound short term.
I don't think Berglund is a huge loss anyway. Cracknell could easily replace him...and probably be more effective in some respects.
Tank still has his cast on but is taking shots in practice, but nothing heavy...just wrist shots. He's not that far away...but based on that, I wouldn't expect him back in Rd. 1...but you never know.
Morrow is a depth guy...and isn't a deal breaker to lose.
If we get Oshie & Backes back and if they are healthy enough to play their game...and if Miller's play is solid, I like our chances. If Backes and Oshie are either not back or come back and aren't effective due to their injuries, we're going to have to play some stellar defense and get solid goaltending (which this team is capable of) to have a shot.
The guy I want to see have a good series is Roy. He has been pretty disappointing this year...and relatively ineffective. If he can get going, that will be huge.
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