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Big Brian Boyle, Steady Teddy Anchor Effective Fourth Line (+)



Pittsburgh Penguins Brian Boyle
Brian Boyle

Some NHL teams barely use their fourth line during five-on-five play. Perhaps a couple shifts a period. Not the Pittsburgh Penguins, who, while featuring some top-of-the-line talent (pun partially intended) elsewhere, aren’t shy about rolling four forward units.

Although it might be difficult to single out some strong play while a team is lugging around a four-game losing streak, as the Penguins are going into their late afternoon game Sunday against Nashville, the team’s fourth line has been pretty steady most of the season.

Steady as in providing what has been asked of it, if not steady as in personnel. Injuries, illness and a trade have juggled the members of the line, but two players have really stood out.

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Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson