Here’s what Terry Murray said, after practice today, about why he shook up two of his four lines by essentially flipping Anze Kopitar with Kyle Clifford, moving Michal Handzus to left wing (with Kopitar and Wayne Simmonds) and Andrei Loktionov to his natural position of center (with Clifford and Dustin Brown).
MURRAY: “Well, a change is needed. That’s my thinking, when I look at the way we played in some situations last night. We didn’t take advantage of some offensive opportunities. And going back over recent games, there’s a need to get the offensive part of the game going. Maybe it’s a little bit of a change, in some situations, that will be a good thing. That’s what I’m hoping for. With Kopi, and with putting Handzus on the left side — which I did in the Calgary game in the third period — and putting Simmer back up there, I’m looking to get a change, to take advantage of Simmer’s game last night, which I really liked. It was one of the first times, in a little while, that he’s had his feet going, holding onto the puck, creating some offensive opportunities and bringing the work into the game. That’s what I want to do with this look now.”