Taylor Hall and David Perron will be united for the first time this season as Eakins shook up the lines. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be in the middle.
“It’s two guys who are very strong on the puck. We’re really trying to establish a cycle game so we’re hoping with those two guys and Nuge we can get some zone time,” Eakins stated.
Perron was looking forward to lining up with Hall.
“It’s the first time I’ve played with Hallsy tonight, in 35 games. I’m excited about it," Perron remarked. "He’s a guy who you can give him the puck in the neutral zone and he has a lot of speed going. That’s what I’m going to try and do tonight.”
Sam Gagner -- who will be playing without a mouthguard for the first time since coming back from his jaw injury -- will play with Jordan Eberle and Jesse Joensuu.
“We were looking for a match for Gagner. Ebs seems to be that match. That’s a pair that we like. It was kind of two thought processes that went into it," Eakins began.
"The way David has played and the way Taylor has played, that should be a really good line. And given some chemistry with Gagner and Eberle we hope that bears some fruit as well.”