from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,
On paper, the value of the fourth line of the Detroit Red Wings is apparent. The trio of Joe Veleno, Jonatan Berggren and Austin Czarnik has scored a goal in each of Detroit’s two victories to launch the club’s current four-game road trip.
In fact, the line has scored in three of Detroit’s past four games. But the impact of this unit goes far beyond the scoresheet.
“That line has had some great chemistry,” Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said. “Today’s NHL with the salary cap it’s hard to build a true one line, two line, three line, four line, that fourth line just being a checking line, heavy line.
“Sometimes you’re going to have looks like this, where we’re at.”
Step back and encompass the big picture, and the role this threesome is playing in the success story that’s so far unfolding for the Red Wings becomes even more vital.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,