Wednesday, February 6, 2013
By Victoria Matiash
As first relayed by Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the head coach of the Minnesota Wild is juggling his top two lines ahead of Thursday's game against the Canucks. One first-year forward should be particularly excited about the shuffle.
While Dany Heatley drops to join Matt Cullen and Pierre-Marc Bouchard on the second line, rookie Charlie Coyle ascends to the right-wing position aside Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu. For his part, ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun is rather impressed with the shift.
Pierre LeBrunShuffle makes good sense
"... I applaud the move by head coach Mike Yeo because his team has been way too reliant on the top unit early in this season. Yeo cautioned to local media Wednesday that these moves weren't written in stone, but I'm betting come Thursday's game against the Vancouver Canucks, he goes with these changes ... The Wild need to get production from other lines, so this might help balance out the scoring a little. Of course, the move is also happening because Heatley has struggled of late. So perhaps new linemates will get him going again ..."