First off, are you sure you want to go with this “COP line” tag?
For one, it has a connotation of three bloody knuckled enforcers in the Dave Schultz-Tiger Williams mold and not three fairly undersized speedy forwards. And second, if you really want to be literal, it should be the PCO line since Matt Cullen plays center and Petr Prucha is on the left.
These are the things that keep me up at night.
Either way, the Rangers seem to have stumbled upon something worthwhile with its Prucha-Cullen-Jed Ortmeyer unit; and while I don’t think a regular output like last night’s against the B’s is realistic, there is something to be said for a group that can consistently keep opponents on their heels.
“That’s true,” Prucha said. “We can’t always score three or four goals a game, but we can forecheck and keep their defense tired and open it up for Jags’ line and players like that.”
If those are among the tangible benefits of those three playing well together, consider one less obvious: at least in the case of Cullen and Prucha, you have two players who have been defining their season by the things they have NOT done thus far. Now comes an opportunity to reinvent themselves in a new role.
“It’s nice to play well, that’s the bottom line,” Cullen said. “When you’re not scoring and the team isn’t clicking, you feel like you’re not doing anything. So it’s nice to get a little consistency and play with the same faces on a nightly basis.”
Granted, as Cullen acknowledged, last night was only Game 2 of the experiment, so maybe we all shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves.
And that means you still have time to re-think the name.
A few more updates:
Why, then, does Pock sit? Again it goes back to Pock learning the position better, and specifically understanding when to gamble and when not to. I can’t say he’s been any more of a liability than some of the other defensemen, which is why Pock’s absence from the lineup is a much more popular topic of conversation than, say, Colton Orr’s. But at least Renney seems to understand that Pock has plenty of upside.
“You like a little bit of risk in him, but sometimes he gets caught a little deep, which we’ve talked about,” the coach said. “He just has to show good judgment and understand the risk-reward.”
“Is it on MSG?” he said.
Don’t worry, Henk. I’m sure someone will dig up a tape for you.