Frustrated most of the scoring this season has come from the No. 1 line Barons coach Todd Nelson has switched up his lines heading into a three-game weekend.
“We had to do something so we changed up all four lines,” Nelson said. “We also swapped some partners out on defense. It happens every year over the course of a season when your scoring goes stale if you’re not winning.”
The Barons have lost five consecutive games, all essentially one-goal losses. Lines for Friday’s game against San Antonio will be:
Mark Arcobello, Curtis Hamilton, Jordan Eberle.
Taylor Hall, Anton Lander, Magnus Paajarvi.
Teemu Hartikainen, Josh Green, Phillipe Cornet.
Tyler Pitlick, Dane Byers, Chris VandeVelde.
“The way the lines are set up now we have at least one or two guys responsible for being a bit more creative,” Nelson said. “Sometimes it’s a breath of fresh air for guys to get away from guys they’ve been playing with. And it doesn’t mean they can’t be reunited sometime in the future.
“It’s a fresh start. Sometimes you need to shuffle the deck a bit.”
The Barons host San Antonio Friday and Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center, then travel to Houston on Sunday.