EDMONTON, AB - It's been done before.
And it's happening again.
Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan shuffled his lines at practice on Monday, reuniting Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on the first line while Drake Caggiula rounded out the trio from the left side.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkin centred Tobias Rieder and Alex Chiasson, and Ryan Strome skated up the middle alongside Milan Lucic and Ty Rattie on the third unit with Cooper Marody taking second reps at pivot on it.
The fourth line of Kyle Brodziak, Jujhar Khaira and Zack Kassian remained intact.
"it's just a little switch," said Draisaitl, who has 10 goals and 17 points in 17 games, following practice. "It has worked in the past and hopefully it gives us a spark."
Regardless of the complexion of the lines, Draisaitl said the whole team, beginning with the individual, must be better going forward to break the current four-game funk.
"It's not so much about changing lines or me and Connor playing together, it's a matter of individuals working hard and playing their game," he added. "I don't think it really matters what line you're on."
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There were also some minor tweaks to the defence pairings. Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson stayed together but Matt Benning was partnered with Darnell Nurse while Kris Russell played on the right side of Jason Garrison and Kevin Gravel, who rotated in drills.
"We're all capable back there," Benning said. "We all contribute in a different way but can contribute effectively. I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow but as Dmen, you just try to play as best you can to make it hard on the coaches in their decisions on the lineup."
Although the defender said he doesn't read too much into the lines on practice days, he did express the club's inability to get things done offensively of late.
"It seems like we're snake-bitten a little bit," he said. "We have a lot of depth up there and a lot of guys that can put the puck in the net, it's just creating that chemistry. Sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not. That's just part of the game."
The Oilers will look to break their skid Tuesday when the Montreal Canadiens pay Rogers Place a visit.