Torts switched up the lines a little bit today (as per Andrew Gross). And by switching up the lines, I mean swapping Avery and Naslund. Avery, who has been working his butt off, save for two really stupid penalties, and is getting rewarded for his play. Meanwhile, Naslund, who had the least amount of ice time amongst the top six, is dropped to The Korpedo’s 3rd line. So, with the swap, you get these lines:
Same defensive pairings.
Rick Carpiniello Jane McManus (Wow, I’m really dropping the ball today):
On defense, Paul Mara played with Michal Rozsival and Derek Morris was with Wade Redden.
I like having Avery on Gomez’s line, he really complements Gomez’s speed, and will be willing to grind it out in the corners, something that line looked like it was missing. Maybe Naslund will add a little bit of a scoring touch to the Korpedo/Cally combination. This is the first “line change” under Torts, and it took 5 games to get there. It’s not even much of a change either, just a swap of two wingers.
As for Hank, Andrew Gross is reporting that Hank has a “mysterious stomach ailment”. He hasn’t been able to keep his food down, and is always feeling run down and tired. Sounds like mono to me.
If Hank has mono, that doesn’t bode well.