ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks had a good thing going on their top line for a long stretch, but coach Bruce Boudreau figures it's time to change and send a message.
Boudreau replaced Dustin Penner with Jakob Silfverberg at left wing before the new year and said that will be the case again when Anaheim plays the Edmonton Oilers on Friday at Honda Center.
Penner skated on the second line with Mathieu Perreault and Teemu Selanne at the morning skate. Penner has one point in his past nine games, which led to Boudreau scratching him Dec. 31.
"We'd love him to be more consistent. And that's our goal, is to get him to be more consistent," Boudreau said. "We've talked a lot, me and Dustin, and seen video, and he knows what he has to do to be on top of his game. I know he wants to. He is really a studious player and he wants to be as good as he can all the time. Sometimes it hasn't been there."
Silfverberg is trying to find a scoring groove after he sat out 24 games with a hand injury. He recorded an assist in his previous game but overall said he's still working his way back into the season after missing almost two months.
"It's been tough," Silfverberg said. "It's hard to summarize the season so far, but I feel like I'm in the right shape right now and my hand feels great so I'm just trying to keep pushing."
Edmonton did not skate after it played Thursday.
Here are the expected lineups for the Oilers and Ducks:
Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - David Perron
Jordan Eberle - Sam Gagner - Nail Yakupov
Ryan Smyth - Boyd Gordon - Ales Hemsky
Luke Gazdic - Anton Lander - Jesse Joensuu
Justin Schultz - Andrew Ference
Jeff Petry - Nick Schultz
Anton Belov - Martin Marincin
Injured: Mark Arcobello (ribs), Ryan Jones (head), Philip Larsen (illness), Corey Potter (groin)
Jakob Silfverberg - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Dustin Penner - Mathieu Perreault - Teemu Selanne
Kyle Palmieri - Saku Koivu - Andrew Cogliano
Matt Beleskey - Nick Bonino - Tim Jackman
Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy
Mark Fistric - Sami Vatanen
Scratched: Bryan Allen, Patrick Maroon, Daniel Winnik
Injured: Sheldon Souray (wrist), Luca Sbisa (hand), Viktor Fasth (lower body inflammation)
Notes: Hiller is trying to become the first NHL goalie to win 10 straight starts since Ray Emery from Jan. 20 to March 6, 2013.
Winnik and Allen stayed out with the extras as Boudreau appears to be giving the veterans a night off. Getzlaf did not take the optional skate.