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Housley switches things up


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By Brandon J. Koch

With the Buffalo Sabres starting 0-2-1 and heading out west for road trip, head coach Phil Housley switches up things at practice.

Housley: “I think you change the lines to try and get other guys going or maybe there’s some chemistry that you’re looking for. And that’s why we made that change today, they could change tomorrow, but we’ll try these combinations moving forward.”

Here’s what lines looked like:

Girgensons-Eichel-Pominville

Kane-O’Reilly-Okposo

Pouliot-Larsson-Reinhart

Griffith-Josefson-Nolan

Pairings:

Scandella-Risto

Beaulieu-Tennyson

McCabe-Gorges

Antipin & Moulson skating as a pair. Which makes them more likely than out for Thursday in San Jose.
Reinhart moving back to the wing will be beneficial to him. He looked lost playing center. Having Larsson go back to center will also improve his play as well. 

Although I’m not the biggest Gorges fan, having him play on the third pairing is the best situation for him. He played a lot with Risto last season and played heavy minutes. At this stage of his career, he will be lost effective playing 14-15 minutes a night. 

The power play units: 

Unit 1: Eichel-Kane-Pominville-O’Reilly-Ristolainen

Unit 2: Griffith-Okposo-Pouliot-Beaulieu-Tennyson

I don’t know if shaking things up will change the play on the ice. That’s the biggest question. 

Bogosian is week to week.

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