On Tuesday morning, Barry Trotz was asked about the impact of his fourth line in Sunday's 5-1 win over Tampa Bay.
The amicable coach was a little defiant, pausing before delivering his response:
"Which one is that?" Trotz asked.
Clearly, the question was about the Matt Martin, Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck trio, who combined for six points in the win, but what's not clear is if they should still be referred to as a fourth line. Sure, they take their line rushes last during warmups, but that might be routine more than rank, as their contributions have exceeded the expectations of a fourth line.