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McLellan shuffles lines

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan mixed up his forward lines Sunday

by Paul Gazzola /

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan mixed his lines up late in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks then did the same Sunday at practice.

The lines at practice were as follows:

Maroon - McDavid - Eberle

Lucic - Draisaitl - Slepyshev

Caggiula - Nugent-Hopkins - Kassian

Pouliot - Letestu - Hendricks

McLellan offered comments on the shuffling, including his decision to split up the Oilers top line of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Patrick Maroon.

"We weren't winning enough with the one line," he said. "Connor and Leon were tremendous together obviously with Patty Maroon for a while but even they went dry for a little bit. Maybe Connor can spark a couple guys. Maybe Leon can take a line for a little while and spark a few individuals and we can always go back to Leon on the wing. We probably will at some point but we're just trying to rattle a few cages, for a lack of a better term, so that we start getting a little more production out of a little more than one line."

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