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A world without Backes: What will the lineups look like?

Backes is out for the time being. Thankfully, Boston’s roster does have options!

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Backes has been listed Day-to-Day after William Carrier ran him over last night, and for the time being anyway, the Bruins should be looking to see what the future is like without him. Thankfully, we have plenty of options still waiting for an opportunity to take the wheel. And we have some ideas here.

Sky’s theoretical lines

This is probably the easiest setup Boston can ice right now. Vatrano goes into the top 6 to be a major boost to Spooner and Krejci, Noel Acciari takes his defensive center spot back and continues to create good chances with Blidh and Moore, and the first line is still as unfair a line as you can ice.

Jake? Take the wheel and bring us some lines.

Jake’s hypothetical lines

I love Pasta, I really do. However, you have to give Krejci someone to gel with or else his production will go down the tube. We let Iginla walk, we gave away Looch, we let Eriksson go, all who had great chemistry with Krejci and he needs the support to be able to contribute on the scoresheet. Vatrano can stand on his own and easily slide in with Bergeron and Marchand. I happen to like Dominic Moore as a center better than on the wing, which is why I slid Acciari to the wing. Regardless, I like how both Sky and I realize Large Jim is the 13th man in the forward corps.

It’s almost like we have functioning eyes - Sky

Either way, there’s plenty of flexibility for Boston going forward.