Thursday, March 14, 2013
Avs to shuffle lines
Hoping to inspire a couple of key forwards, coach Joe Sacco is looking to shuffle his lines for Thursday's contest between the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild. Winger David Jones, for one, is up for a "demotion" of sorts.
As discussed by Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, Jones is pegged to play on the Avs' third line with center Ryan O'Reilly. In turn, Milan Hejduk -- ready to return from dealing with a stiff neck -- is set to join center Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog on the second line.
Sacco is hoping the changes spark both Jones and Hejduk -- who haven't been at their most productive this season.
"It's been a while now, where Jonesey has had some struggles. He needs to get his game going," Sacco said. "He's a big-bodied winger. He's got to play physical. He's got to win one-on-one puck battles. He's got to get going, and I have to find a way to get him going. He needs to be a bigger part of our team, and he can be."