Put 'em in a blender, mix up the lottery balls, shuffle the deck of cards.
Whatever you want to call it, Lindy Ruff did a bunch of shuffling of his forward group on Wednesday at practice.
"When you look at our club and our 5-on-5 scoring, we know we need to be better," said Ruff. "Some of the thinking is to create maybe some newness, which maybe has a history of creating some offense. Giving some players a bigger opportunity, maybe putting bigger, stronger players on some lines to give a net-front presence, where maybe other players can't get there. You know, every now and then you just have to shake it up. And we think that the mix we got for today is something that we're going to look at."
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The line combinations were as follows:
It's not every day you'll see someone like Bratt or Gusev penned in on the fourth line. But it's something the Devils were trying out at practice. The lines are intended to shake loose some offense and give players opportunities throughout the lineup.
"Sometimes they're good to get a little switch up," said Bratt. "To have a little shock on the team we're playing tomorrow. So, I'm excited for that. And I think the whole team is excited going forward to the next game."