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GRETZKY CHANGES FORWARD LINES

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
Looking to find more offense, Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky has juggled all four lines for Thursday’s home game vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins.


The Coyotes have scored six goals in three home games, Gretzky noted.

"We’ve been pretty satisfied with our attention to defensive detail, especially with such a young group," Gretzky said after Tuesday's practice. "…I just think we need to find some combinations (to score more). We’re just trying to create some offense, which we desperately need.”

Gretzky said the lines for Thursday's game would be:

Todd Fedoruk-Olli Jokinen-Shane Doan
Daniel Carcillo-Martin Hanzal-Peter Mueller
Kevin Porter-Steven Reinprecht-Mikkel Boedker
Daniel Winnik-Kyle Turris-Viktor Tikhonov

Reinprecht is back in the lineup after two games as a healthy scratch.

“He’s a pro and he’s worked hard and (being scratched) is a tough part to hockey, but he’s ready to go and we need him to come in and contribute, which we know he can," Gretzky said.

Meanwhile, Gretzky also announced that Ilya Bryzgalov would be the starting goalie on Thursday against Pittsburgh, replacing backup goalie Mikael Tellqvist, who played the past two games and played them well.

“By no means did we lose the Saturday game (against Calgary) because of Telly,” Gretzky said. “I thought Telly played solid again. But we’re going back with Bryzgalov. He’s had a good break now and he should be well rested and we should be able to get a good run of games out of Bryzgalov. We need him to play at the level that he’s capable of.”

Gretzky also said defenseman Ken Klee, whom the Coyotes plucked off the waiver wire on Tuesday, would make his Phoenix debut in Thursday’s game. Klee will wear sweater No. 2.

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