Jeremy Rutherford posted his projected lines for tonight's game in today's Morning Skate. The lines are what Hitchcock have been running in practice. The defensive pairings? Interesting stuff. Here's what JR posted:
Jaden Schwartz-Paul Stastny-T.J. Oshie
Alexander Steen-Jori Lehtera-Vladimir Tarasenko
Dmitrij Jaskin-David Backes-Patrik Berglund
Steve Ott-Marcel Goc-Ryan Reaves
Carl Gunnarsson-Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester-Zbynek Michalek
Barret Jackman-Kevin Shattenkirk
The take-away here is that Bouwmeester and Pietrangelo are split, and Kevin Shattenkirk is on the third pairing. It should be interesting to see how the TOI plays out, or if the pairings even stick that way past the first few shifts.
The forward lines produced down the stretch. If, as Robb mentioned earlier, they shoot the damn puck, there shouldn't be an issue tonight getting the puck in the net.